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Shining the Light on: Shepherds We Know

You probably know shepherds as people who herd sheep, but in Eastern culture where Chobani comes from, shepherds are first and foremost known for their generosity. A shepherd would give a gift without asking for anything in return: a cup of yogurt, a loaf of bread or even the shirt off their back. That is why a Shepherd’s Gift means so much.

This is what inspired Chobani to start the Shepherd’s Gift Foundation, because we have realized that the world is still full of shepherds, big and small. You probably even know a few: your mother, a close friend, an organization, someone in your local community or maybe you’re a shepherd yourself. The important thing to know is that when you combine the power of all shepherds it will make a real difference in the world.

This year, to raise awareness for our foundation, which gives 10% of Chobani profits to shepherds worldwide, we’re joining forces with the entire Facebook community to shine the light on all the shepherds of the world. And, we’ll be highlighting a handful of those shepherds here on our blog.

To start, we’d like to introduce you to two shepherds we’ve had the pleasure of getting to know: bloggers Holly of The Healthy Everythingtarian and Emily of A Nutritionist Eats. Through their blogs over the past year, we’ve followed them into their homes where they selflessly donate their time to inspiring others to get creative in the kitchen. And in doing so, we’ve discovered another passion they share- philanthropy.

 

They’ve teamed up to raise money for Haiti Medical Mission of Wisconsin. In the United States, we’re lucky to have roughly one physician for every 400-500 people, but in Thiotte, Haiti there are only TWO medical residents to take care of the entire population of 45,000 residents. For each mission trip, their team of doctors, physician’s assistants, nurses and volunteers pay out-of-pocket for their own expenses while medical supplies – including medications – are donated or paid for through contributions to their organization. These missions would NOT happen without the support of donations.

 

This holiday season, Holly and Emily are  hoping to help raise $2,000 by the end of the year to donate for medical supplies for upcoming mission trips to Haiti in 2012. And if you are so inclined, they would be honored and endlessly grateful for your help.

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