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A 7 YEAR OLD'S GIFT FOR ANIMALS Jacob Crespo, age 7, works all his out-of-school waking hours on changing the world. He's rallied for peace, collected toys and food for the Humane Society (instead of accepting birthday presents for himself), donated his allowance money to strangers in need of help, and collected food and blankets for the needy. #StickYourNeckOut #GiraffeHeroes #youth #activism

PROTECTING THE HIMALAYAN FORESTS Chandi Prasad Bhatt of Uttar Pradesh, India, has devoted his life to guiding the Chipko movement in northern India, fighting powerful logging companies who were destroying Himalayan mountain forest environments. The day the axe-men entered the area of Gopeshwar, the village men were off working. The women grabbed their children, ran to the forest, and together embraced the trees. “Before you strike at the trees, strike your axes at our backs,” they said to the axe-men, who eventually withdrew. Thousands of villagers joined Chipko, literally hugging trees to prevent them from being clearcut. #StickYourNeckOut #GiraffeHeroes

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This team's dedication to saving the rare Rothschild's giraffe is beautiful to watch. #WorldGiraffeDay

Small g-giraffes, symbols for our capital-G human Giraffes, get some loving care and protection, in safe territory. Thanks, Lianna Gilman for the BBC footage.

BECAUSE NO ONE SHOULD GO HUNGRY #GiraffeHeroes #StickYourNeckOut Two American ministers, Ken Horne and Ray Buchanan, made a commitment to themselves and to their wives in 1978: They determined to create a community dedicated to helping resolve the problem of world hunger. The Buchanan and Horne families moved into a farmhouse in Bedford County, Virginia, with the goal of modeling a lifestyle of spiritual responsibility. From 1979 to 1982, they learned to live sustainably, growing their own vegetables and raising sheep, chickens, and rabbits. Buchanan and Horne led workshops for others on responsible lifestyles. During one of those workshops, a farmer brought up the issue of food waste, and the two ministers were intrigued. The farmer said that “unattractive” potatoes and other vegetables—those with unusual colors or shapes—are routinely tossed away because grocery stores won't buy them. Buchanan and Horne soon learned that although over 32 million people in the United States were hungry and that, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 25% of the food produced in America is wasted. Out of these two facts, the Potato Project was born. The Potato Project would collect rejected-for-homeliness potatoes and deliver them to food banks and soup kitchens across the country. You’d think it would be easy to feed the hungry with nutritious food that no one else wants, but Buchanan and Horne faced almost continual bureaucratic obstacles. Nonetheless, they persevered, and they created two organizations: the Society of St. Andrew and Stop Hunger Now. Both are non-profits focusing on salvaging food that is normally wasted and getting that good food to the hungry. In 1983, a tractor-trailer load of sweet potatoes was donated to the Society of St. Andrew and then delivered to the Central Virginia Food Bank in Richmond. Very soon after that, the Society of St. Andrew was providing more than 20 million pounds of food to more than 300 organizations every year. Stop Hunger Now feeds people all around the world. Buchanan and Horne say that their efforts all come down to caring. “Caring in its essence is what makes the human soul a human soul,” says Horne. “If you want to find out what your soul is worth, find out what you really care about.” “There is no need to have hungry people in our world,” says Buchanan. “There are enough food resources to feed every man, woman, and child adequately. The reason that is not happening is that we do not care. We don’t understand that we are all one family.” He adds, “You can make a difference. All you have to do is care enough not to be afraid of the consequences. . . . All I'm trying to do is to change the world.” UPDATE: The Society of St. Andrew and Stop Hunger Now are still educating people about the causes of hunger and working on solutions. Aside from the Potato Project, Buchanan and Horne have founded other food initiatives, such as the Gleaning Network, which encourages farmers to collect their own un-sellable produce and distribute it locally, and Harvest of Hope, which offers week-long retreats for young adults, encouraging them to make a difference in the fight against hunger. Keep up with this ongoing work at Like these Giraffes? Please LIKE this whole Page. Giraffe Heroes should have 100 thousand Likes.

FIGHTING TO BAN A NAZI VIDEO GAME When Ashley Black was 10 years old, she saw an upsetting news story about European computer games with Nazi themes—the player earned points for killing death-camp prisoners and the graphics featured Hitler and swastikas. Ashley started a petition campaign to have the games banned in New Jersey. That effort failed. But she got something bigger—an international agreement that Austria and Germany would not export any of these computer games to any part of the U.S. Thank you for sticking your neck out, Ashley! #StickYourNeckOut #GiraffeHeroes

VIETNAM VET GETS PROSTHETICS TO SOVIET VETS Paul Beals of La Conner, WA, is a Vietnam veteran. He is amazed to say that now one of his best friends in the world is a former Soviet colonel. Beals met the colonel on a train moving between Moscow and Leningrad. The colonel was going to the grave of his son, who had been killed in Afghanistan. Beals talked the night away with his former enemy. When they reached Leningrad they were friends; Beals went with the colonel to the cemetery. He then risked his financial livelihood and invested endless hours of his time to get good prosthetics to Soviet vets who lost limbs during their war in Afghanistan. #StickYourNeckOut #GiraffeHeroes #veterans #Afghanistan

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