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Heifer Pancake Breakfast Benefits Families

NORTH FORK – Can eating a big plate of pancakes help another family to survive? Find out why the answer is yes at the Annual Heifer Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 21, at Grace Community Church, where volunteers will serve guests from 8 to 10 a.m.The public is invited to attend and give a donation in the amount of their choice to benefit the Heifer Project, a unique program that provides farm animals to families who use the milk from cows and goats, the eggs from chickens and even the labor of a water buffalo, for basic daily sustenance.

Heifer Project cowsHeifer International is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty by providing appropriate livestock, training and related services to small-scale farmers and communities in the United States and abroad.

Sandy Chaille is the chair of Christian Education at Grace Community Church and has been involved with the Heifer Project for over a decade. She says Sunday’s breakfast is a mainstay of the church’s outreach efforts.

“Come hungry and bring a friend,” suggests Sandy. “Together we can help struggling families raise healthy kids and improve their communities.”

All proceeds from the breakfast go to Heifer International to support the purchase of livestock for families in need of food. Organizing the event is a community-wide affair.

“The church outreach program pays for the pancake breakfast ingredients and the North Fork Super Market has been really helpful in putting this together,” says Sandy. “Every penny goes directly to the Heifer Project.”

Besides raising money, the breakfast feast serves as a way to educate people in the mountain area about the Heifer Project, which operates in emerging nations overseas and also here in the United States.

“Heifer Project is not just outside our borders, it’s inside our borders, too. We try to help people in dire straits get a better lease on life and provide better for their children,” Sandy explains.

“Whether it’s by getting milk from cows and goats, eggs from chickens or even providing a water buffalo to till the soil, the Heifer Project helps.”

For community members who wish to help the Heifer Project help others, Sunday’s breakfast is a perfect excuse to indulge in a tall stack of pancakes at Grace Community Church, located at 56442 Road 200, North Fork.

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