737 chickens and counting…Rich Stigall
Earlier this year a talented group of eighth graders came up with an idea: to use their voices, time and talents to help children hundreds of miles away. Their goal: to raise funds to purchase 100, $10 chickens for kids in Haiti. They called themselves Chicks for Haiti.
Grace and her friends began planning their big event, a talent show and fundraiser, and set to work. They talked with their parents, met with friends, and continued to spread the word on just why they were raising support for chickens. They soon met their goal of 100 chickens, and someone matched those 100 chickens, turning them into 200 chicks! And so they raised the bar. As more donations came in, they began to wonder, could they provide 500+ chickens for children in need?
After months of preparation and dress rehearsals, it all came to a finale last weekend where the Chicks for Haiti crew performed, danced, and used their voices to share more about chickens and the children of Haiti. By the end of the night, they raised enough money to purchase 700, $10 chickens. As of today, they are at 737 and counting. That is 7,370 protein-powered meals for children, most of whom can really use some extra meat on their bones!
“We wanted to do something different. At the show, each donor was able to put a picture on the wall for every chicken they donated…at the end of the show it was a very easy, real way to see exactly how much we were all able to accomplish,” Grace explained. Emily, another member of the Chicks for Haiti team continued, “Raising money for chickens… helped catch the attention of many people and will give the orphans something they need.”
Some of the Chicks for Haiti crew are traveling to Haiti this June to meet the children they are helping. Pictured here is GO Project President, Trace Thurlby, asking the Lord to continue to bless this team.
We want to thank Chicks for Haiti and the many others of you who are changing the lives of previously orphaned and abandoned children each day. We are grateful for each voice, every minute spent, and the many talents used to tell the story of children in need around the world.