Making Spirits Bright With Heifer International

by | Dec 20, 2010 | Giving Back | 370 comments

‘Tis the season for our annual Heifer International blog fundraising goodness!! We are spreading the cheer with one of the most worthy causes out there. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post to help raise money for a great cause, and you too can participate with your own pledge!

You may have already heard of Heifer International, an organization that works to fight hunger by giving needy families around the world and in the United States livestock, training, or other assistance that helps improve their livelihood. Heifer has been recognized for its work in Fast Company and Forbes, among other places.

I know we’re still going through some difficult economic times, but if you have anything to spare this holiday season I hope you’ll consider making a donation.

In order to encourage people to spread the word, for every comment someone makes in this post between now and 6PM Pacific time on Wednesday, my wife and I will donate $1.00 (up to $1,000)

And, better yet, if you want in on the fun you could do a per-comment pledge on your own blog and enter it into the linky list at the bottom of this post. We can encourage everyone to stop by so we can multiply the giving! Last year we raised over $2,000 together.

In your comment I hope you’ll list:

1. Your name
2. Where you’re from
3. A wish for 2011
4. (optional) Your own per-comment pledge (amounts totally up to you). Write a dedicated post on your blog for people to leave comments on your blog and link to Heifer and state your pledge. Then enter it into the linky list so everyone can stop by and leave a comment.

Thank you so very very much for making 2010 such a great year, and let’s keep the good cheer going into 2011.

UPDATE 12/26:

Donation made!

And thanks to the other generous bloggers/commenters, the total raised so far is nearly $1500 (and some are still in progress).

Thanks so much to everyone for participating!


  1. Richard Gibson

    Happy reading and writing for another year from Richard Gibson in Butte, Montana!

  2. Fenris

    This be Will, hailing from the snowy Ohio backcountry! Or the Forums, since I seem to spend an equal amount of time there.

    A wish for 2011? That truth becomes less easy to construe as lies in the eyes of society.

    If I had a blog, I'd certainly participate. Unfortunately I don't, but that won't stop me from independent giving!

  3. Laurel

    Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  4. Kristina

    Merry Christmas from Kristina in not-snowy Denver, Colorado. My wish for 2011 is for whirled peas.

  5. Leeron

    I think it's really wonderful that you're doing this, Nathan. I'd add my own pledge if I could, but I'm under 18, and my parents probably wouldn't go for it.
    Also, I'd like to wish for something to make the vampires dissapear…
    -Leeron, Israel

  6. Anonymous

    1. Katie
    2. Iowa
    3. Health and happiness for my family, friends and loved ones.

  7. Watcher55

    Watcher's interfacing human is poor on purpose and isn't in a hurry to reveal his name.

    I can say he lives in rural TN and applauds the effort 'cause he knows the value of livestock, not to mention the farmers who raise it.

  8. Bryan Russell (Ink)

    Bryan Russell, and I'm from the scenic wonder that is Windsor, Ontario. You haven't seen the beauty of concrete until you've seen Windsor concrete.

    My wish is for a healthy publishing industry full of wonderful opportunities for debut writers. Just, um, because.

    And I've already given my Heifer donation for the holiday season! One of my favourite charities. Where else can you find a llama to give away? Everyone needs a llama. Though my cat may disagree. I'm sure they'll be friends after awhile, though…

  9. Wild Child

    My absolute favorite charity. Kudos to you and your wife for doing this! I am Jennifer from Wisconsin and I hope we see even more economic recovery for everyone in the new year.

  10. Joseph L. Selby

    Pat Rothfuss raises money for Heifer International. Perhaps your two charities could join forces like the Wonder Twins.

  11. Sarah W

    Here's my comment!

    You and your wife are good people.

    I'm in Illinois, watching the snow come down.

  12. Matthew Rush

    I don't have room to blog about it this week, because I already have plans, but I'll come back and see if it will still work next week.

    For now:
    Matthew Rush
    From: Seattle
    Now live near: Atlanta
    Wish: Peace on Earth, or at least food for everyone.

    And I love how early you're posting these days! You must have scheduled this one.

  13. Down the well

    Yep, I love giving to Heifer International. Wonderful organization. Merry Christmas from Colorado.

  14. Sarah Hina

    I love these guys, too. Thanks for doing this, Nathan.

    From southeastern Ohio, my wish for 2011 is that everyone who's looking for a job finds one.

  15. Jena

    Blessings to you and your wife, Nathan, for giving so generously!

    My name is Jena and I'm from rural mideastern Alberta. My wish for 2011 is that my son can keep his job.

  16. danaalisonlevy

    What a wonderful way to use the power of a blog. Many thanks to you and your wife, Nathan! From Dana in beautiful (sadly) snow-free New England.

    My wish for 2011? For myself, to find the balance that is so constantly eluding me. For the world? For a cosmic dose of courage that gives all people the strength to do the right thing.
    As for Heifer, we give every year, and my seven-year-old daughter adds the "donate" part of her allowance too! This year, chickens and a goat, I think.
    Namaste Nathan, and best wishes for 2011

  17. Susan Kaye Quinn

    Yay! So excited to be doing this with you again. Here's my stats:

    Susan Kaye Quinn from Palatine, Illinois, USA and my wish is to reach my goal to donate llamas to Heifer! I'm running a comment-pledge on my blog Ink Spells, but also have a donation team WRITERS GIVE HOPE where I will match your donation! Please stop by and help me give away some llamas! πŸ™‚

  18. Mimm

    Friends in California gave me a goat from Heifer International for Christmas. Best present ever (but I hoping for a water buffalo next year). Ran right home and blogged all about it. I'll donate $1 (up to $50) for every comment.

    My wish for 2011? Less fear in the world, and more joy (oh…and a book deal for me).

  19. Caroline Bridges

    Happy holidays from Caroline Bridges, resident of the inexplicably-named Inland Empire in Southern California. Wishing everyone a year of happiness, both in writing and in life.

    My in-laws have donated to Heifer International every Christmas for most of a decade.

  20. Scott

    Great work.

    1. Scott
    2. Nashville
    3. Another Alabama national championship.

  21. Jaimie

    Jaimie from Texas!

    I wish for peace in 2011. Personal peace. Although peace on Earth is good too, but come on.

    This writing/publishing game can turn me in all directions emotionally. I want balance.

  22. Tamara Narayan

    Greetings from Rochester, NY. Instead of getting my husband's goat this Christmas, I decided to get him a goat. I love Heifer International. What a wonderful organization.

    My non-selfish wish is good health for my family. (The selfish one is a five letter word that starts with 'a'.)

  23. Courtney

    I'm a Grameen contributor, and at my request, my mom always buys a Christmas goat to be given to a family in Africa. So, I'm down with the Heifer effort. Thanks, Nathan!

  24. Katherine Hyde

    Merry Christmas from Katherine Hyde in Ben Lomond, CA. My selfish wish for 2011 is for a book contract. Altruistically, I could wish for all sorts of things that won't happen this side of heaven, like world peace, an end to hunger, and that every person in the world would take to heart Gandhi's words: "You must be the change you wish to see in the world."

    You're doing a great thing, Nathan, and I wish I could join you, but our giving budget is already given for this year.

  25. Hannah Jenny

    Merry Christmas!

    Hannah Jenny is my real name with my last name left off and I live in a state on the east coast of the US of A.

    A wish for 2011–may I finish my WIP (of course, that was what I wished for last year too–and it's the same one!)

  26. Watcher55

    OH, wish for 2011 – That everyone takes a step back once in a while to take a breath and remember God gave it to them. (even 'Bama fans)

  27. Nicole

    Thanks for doing this, Nathan! What a great way to ring in the holidays. My co-worker and I just finalized our own Heifer donation of chicks and bees. πŸ™‚

    Merry Christmas from Nicole in Milwaukee, WI. My wish for the new year is that my brother's twin boys be born healthy!

  28. Sean

    Happy holidays from Des Moines, Iowa! I wish you and your wife the best in 2011! Thanks for all you do.

  29. Debbie

    It's a great cause.

    My wish is that we won't need organizations like these any more.

  30. Emy Shin

    πŸ™‚ This is such a wonderful thing you're doing!

    I'm Emy, from Texas. My 2011 wish is for a job and/or a graduate school of my choice.

  31. MJR

    My name is Mary Jo

    I live Hoboken, NJ (yes, the lines at the Cake Boss are two blocks long and we have a Frank Sinatra Drive, Park, and Post Office)

    My wish is that my son gets a job (same for all the other unemployed people out there, including me!)…

    I took down my personal blog because it was too boring–otherwise I'd participate…Great cause!!

  32. Thermocline

    Heifer is a great organization. My wife and I started a regular monthly contribution to them back in the spring. (Ah spring. It seems so far off right now here in Indianapolis.)

    A wish for world peace might sound trite, but it sure sounds good to me.

  33. Heather

    What an awesome reason to post, Nathan.

    Heather from Seattle

    Wish for 2011: companies creating jobs

  34. Donna Gambale

    1. Donna
    2. Philadelphia
    3. To always remember to appreciate the present.
    (4.-ish) I'm getting married in six months, and I decided almost immediately in the planning process that, in lieu of favors no one wants, I'm donating the money to Heifer International. πŸ™‚ So, so glad to see someone as influential in the blogosphere as you promoting this incredible cause!

  35. Heidi

    Heidi, from the winter wonderland that is Calgary, Alberta (Canada).

    My wish for 2011: that I pour my heart into all my relationships and always make the extra effort to spend quality time with people. (And to make some good progress on my writing – I haven't figured out if those two contradict each other yet).

  36. Anonymous

    Thanks for reminding me about Heifer International. I first learned about it last year from your blog. I appreciate a charity that gives people the resources to help themselves.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, and my wish for you is that Jacob Wonderbar is a HUGE success, because I like to see good things happen to good people.

  37. Mira

    This is wonderful.

    I'm Mira, and I'm from the San Francisco Bay Area, and my wish for this year is for the lifting of misperceptions and worldwide clarity of vision. Goes for me too. Worldwide economic prosperity wouldn't be a bad runner-up.

    I don't have a blog, but I will personally pledge to donate a assortment of the less expensive: flocks of geese, ducks, chickens, some honeybees and some trees. What an amazing feeling. I love imagining all of that being delivered to people's homes. Awesome.

    Thanks Nathan and Alison for your wonderful annual event.

    Happy Holidays to all!

  38. Katy

    Thank you for doing this! I'll be donating myself, but I thought I'd chime in here as well. My wish for 2011? Kindness and compassion for all.

    Katy from Ohio

  39. Jenny

    I'm Jenny, from Colorado, and I really do want world peace. =)

    Go Heifer International! It's a truly wonderful charity.

  40. Shannon W

    What a wonderful gift you and your wife are giving to so many!

    Shannon from Dallas, Texas and my wish would be that people are more understanding and tolerant of others (and that my Home Owners Association won't make me take down my 15 month old son's swing…I can't even fathom sending out this kind of letter right before Christmas…sigh…).

  41. Jessica Love

    Merry Christmas! What a great cause!

    Jessica in southern California, and I wish for less judgment in the world. πŸ™‚

  42. Tom Bentley

    Tom Bentley, from soggy Santa Cruz, California. I'm wishing I'll stop complaining so damn much, and realize how much I have to be grateful for.

    Nathan, thanks for continuing your blog even with your new gig, and thanks to you and your wife for your generosity.

    Merry Everything!

  43. Danielle La Paglia

    Happy Holidays!

    Danielle La Paglia
    Writing from Riverside, California; originally from Clovis, New Mexico
    My hope for 2011 is that it be a smoother year for our family.

  44. Stephen Parrish

    Thanks, Nathan.

    My name is Steve. I live in Germany. I hope the Cubs win the World Series in 2011. I'm donating $100 to Heifer International, using your link.

  45. Peter Dudley

    Nathan, what a great idea, and a big thank-you to you and your wife for your generosity. I won't be doing a per-comment pledge because I gave at the office (really, that's my job).

    Anyway, Peter from Connecticut via San Francisco, posting from Las Vegas.

    A wish for 2011? Continued happiness for family and friends, and success in new ventures.

  46. rissawrites

    This is Rissa from sunny Arizona.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and all your readers.

    My wish for 2011…that it be better than the years before.


    What an awesome idea! Bless you, and I will donate when the next paycheck comes. In the meantime, I've posted your link on FB.

  48. Julie Hedlund

    I'm Julie, from Boulder CO. My wish for 2011 is to live life more in the present moment.

  49. D.G. Hudson

    This is such a good cause, Nathan. Bravo for you & everyone who thinks of helping others at this time of year. I'm glad to hear they help those close to home, too (in the US).

    I'm D.G. Hudson, from Vancouver, BC, Canada's west coast. I wish for better solutions to the homeless situations in many cities, solutions which help those who can't afford to pay rent rather than displacing them. We can't forget that there are many poor in both our own countries (US & Canada).

    Wishing everyone a happy and healthy holiday season!

    May 2011 be a great writing year. I'm already finalizing my resolutions for my writing.

  50. Daniel Smith

    Here's the 50th comment for a good cause.

    Thanks to you, Nathan, for donating.

  51. KD Sarge

    I'm so glad you're doing this again! It's been a rough year for a lot of us, but at least this way we can help.

    I'm KD, in Arizona where it just refuses to look Christmasy, and I'm going to join my wishes to Sarah's and a few others, and wish for employment for everyone who wants it.

  52. Amy

    I'm Amy from Chicago, and my 2011 wish is for a cure for breast cancer.

    Like a previous poster, I also wouldn't complain if the Cubbies won the World Series. πŸ˜‰

    Nathan, may God bless you and your wife for your generous donation!

    Merry Christmas!

  53. Beth C.

    1. Beth
    2. Arizona
    3. A lit agent

  54. Bridget Delaney

    Heifer international is a great organization! What you are doing is awesome!

  55. Glory Lennon

    A wish for a joyous holiday and a most wonderful new year to all.

  56. abc

    Iowa City, IA
    Wish for myself: agent
    Wish for the world: More environmental protections put in place.

  57. Kristin Laughtin

    Heifer's an amazing organization. Thanks for promoting them! I've already sent off my own donation. πŸ™‚

  58. The Red Angel

    This is such a wonderful way to make Christmas a true holiday of giving! πŸ™‚

    1. Wendy
    2. North Carolina
    3. I wish to finish my novel-in-progress by the end of 2011.


  59. Sarah B

    Happy holidays from Sarah in Knoxville, TN!

    My wish for 2011 is… well, I'll keep that one to myself for now.

  60. Anonymous

    I wish everyone a joyful and peaceful new year!

  61. Jan Markley

    Sounds like a great charity! Way to go Nathan!

  62. Chris Phillips

    Chris from Nu-Brask-Uh. My wish is for a former student of mine to be cancer free.

  63. Marianne

    Marianne from Tampa, FL. My wish for next year is to get out of my parents' house and on my own again. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!

  64. Rick Daley

    1. Rick Daley

    2. I've lived in Ohio for all but three years of my life (was in Dallas 8th, 9th, and 10th grade, been in Columbus since 1988)

    3. In 2011 I wish for our elected officials (and those in the media who talk about them) to act like responsible grown-ups for once

  65. Akari

    Caitlin from the snowy and cold Berkshires in western Mass. For 2011, I wish for the end of greed. It is such a silly thing.

  66. Jaime

    Jaime from NYC, with a simple, selfish, inspired-by-the-moment wish for my hip tendonitis to get better and go away.

  67. T. Anne

    What a wonderful gift Nathan!

    I'm from L.A. where there is an unusual amount of precipitation these past few days.

    M wish is for a productive and healthy 2011 for all. =)

  68. Sarah Laurenson

    1. Sarah
    2. Los Angeles
    3. I'd love to be able to donate – I've given to Heifer in the past – but I got caught up in an impromptu Christmas miracle on another blog that paired up over 800 donors with people in need. So I guess my wish is for more people like you and Jenny the Bloggess who not only make a difference in a small corner of the world, but also spark something much bigger.

    Happy Holidays and I hope you beat your donation record of last year.

  69. hellis72

    H.E. Ellis from snowy New Hampshire here, hoping 2011 sees talented writers gain more confidence, and confident writers gain more talent.

    I have no idea which one I am.

  70. Anonymous

    1. Sarah
    2. Idaho Falls, ID
    3. To finish a manuscript.

  71. JohnO

    1. Name: John Ochwat
    2. Location: Oregon
    3. 2011 Wish: Be the change you want to see in the world.
    4. I'm joining Nathan's grand experiment. Visit my blog to donate by proxy.

  72. Nicole L Rivera

    1. Nicole
    2. Fort Lauderdale, FL
    3. Get an agent and publishing contract.

    Great cause πŸ™‚

  73. Cheryl Pickett

    Cheryl Pickett from Michigan. My wish for 2011 is that less people will go hungry. I agree with what others have said too, cool use of the power of blogging. Not entirely sure how to do the linky blog thing so I'll just wish everyone a blessed Christmas and a joyous New Year for now.

  74. Rebecca

    Rebecca from Minnesota (currently the snow has me stranded at home). A wish for 2011? To become a year older and a year wiser.

    Nathan, I just want to say I think it's so great you support Heifer. My aunt manages the southern dvision, and I got to work at the Heifer booth at the Tuscon Book Festival. Tons of fun! So this year instead of getting my friends pointless gifts, I bought them each a flock of chicks for Heifer. Thanks again, Nathan and Merry Christmas!

  75. Anonymous

    My name is Meg and I'm from New York. My personal wish for 2011 is to finish revising and editing my first novel. And for the world, I hope that we won't have as many suicide stories as we did this year.
    Happy Holidays and thanks so much for doing this!

  76. Aimee Bea

    1. Aimee
    2. Michigan
    3. Can I wish for peace on Earth? πŸ™‚

    Happy holidays!

  77. Anonymous

    My name is Louise Curtis, and I'm from Australia. I hope to sell a YA adventure fantasy book to a mainstream publisher next year.

    I pledge $1 per comment on my blog up to $50 (anytime between now and Christmas Eve). The site isn't letting me link to my blog – it's at

  78. Vienne

    What a terrific idea this is! Being troubled financially has prevented me from contributing to HI this year, so thank you for this opportunity, Nathan!

    From Portland, Oregon, a weird place and proud of it.

    Wish for 2011? That those in power understand that telling the truth is the only viable option.

  79. Anonymous

    This is Louise Curtis again. I changed my mind. I'll donate up to $500. $1 per comment at my blog (which this isn't letting me link to today)

    Goats are cool.

  80. swampfox

    I'm Mark DeRobertis, (pronounced Dee-Row-BURR-Tiss,) and I'm in Campbell, California. That's just south of San Jose. I wish for your event to be successful.

  81. Jennifer R. Hubbard

    Here's another comment. Very generous of you both!

    I'll put up my own post and hit the other blogs later tonight. πŸ™‚

  82. Elizabeth

    I'm Elizabeth and I live in Minnesota. I think it's great what you're doing and Heiffer International is a great charity. My wish for 2011 is to start my own charity. But there are so many causes out there to go for, I'm not sure which one to do.

  83. Sori

    I'm Sori from Oklahoma. Merry Christmas!

  84. Stephanie Perkins

    Thank you, Nathan.

    I'm Stephanie Perkins from Asheville, NC, and I'm stealing Donna Gambale's very wise wish to "always remember to appreciate the present."

  85. Anonymous

    1. Charlotte
    2. Alberta, Canada
    3. That all those struggling in this economic crisis, have a happy and prosperous new year.

    I wish I could pledge as well, but am unable to this year…hope to make up for it next you. Blessings to you and your wife for donating and all who follow your foot steps.

  86. Megan

    Megan Maynor
    Minneapolis, MN (where snow and Vikings are falling nonstop this winter)

    Writing wish for 2011: Finish middle grade novel and get it on submission!

    Non-writing wish for 2011: Everyone who wants a job finds a job.

    Thanks Nathan! This is a great idea. We're going to have our kids help choose a Heifer Int's gift from our family too.

  87. Wendy aka Quillfeather

    Wendy Morrell
    From New Zealand
    Wish: World peace and the love and care of all animals – big, small, ugly or beautiful. It matters not.

    Merry Christmas, Nathan, and all the very best for 2011!

    I've enjoyed your blog immensely πŸ™‚

  88. Catherine Lavoie

    I'm Cat from Montreal and, for 2011, I wish for health and happiness (and maybe a bit of good luck in my quest for publication.)

    All the best to you! Happy Holidays! πŸ™‚

  89. tanya

    I'm writing from Berkeley, CA (also known as Bezerkly). When I was an elementary school teacher my class would nominate and vote on a charity to help and then find ways to raise money for it. Heifer Internatl always made the list and got voted in a few times. They're a good organization.

    And you, Nathan, are a good person for promoting it and donating to it. I can make no promises this year, but one of my presents to my daughter (her request) is to donate money to the cause she finds worthy. I'll be sure to talk up Heifer Internatl.

    My wish for 2011 is for more people like you, Nathan, to come up with creative ways to fund worthy causes.


  90. Pooja

    I wish for a brighter new year from all aspects of relationships, happiness, peace, warmth, intellect and writing.

    Merry Christmas!


  91. Beth Bernier

    Beth in Arizona. What a great idea! My wish for 2011 is for more progress on ways to feed everyone in the world.

  92. MJ

    1. Melissa
    2. ks or mo originally
    3. economic recovery, goals accomplished and healthy family/friends

  93. Chassily Wakefield

    I'm Chassily Wakefield from Olympia, WA, and this is a fabulous way to raise money for a wonderful organization. Thanks, Nathan!

    My wish for 2011 – personal balance, and for more and more people stepping up to do the right thing (like this!)

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  94. Karen

    Hi Nathan.
    This is Karen from central Texas.

    I first heard about Heifer International from a state judge who attends my fairly small church. Every year she encourages us to donate and as a result, the children of my church decided to take this charity on as a mission project. In the last few years by simply bringing their pennies every Sunday (with a few extra from the adults), they have raised enough money to purchase a cow, water buffalo, ducks, bees, rabbits and many other animals. As I'm writing this, they have over $1000 in their fund to purchase the next set of animals! I'm glad to hear that you've also taken on this worthwhile charity.

    My wish? Blessings upon you and your family this Christmas season.


  95. Patrice

    This is Patrice from Stratford, CT (I live in the beautiful and peaceful section known as Lordship, right on Long Island Sound).

    Thanks for supporting Heifer International Nathan. A great cause!

  96. Patrice

    I forgot to include my wish! Publication!!

  97. kellyrfineman

    Hi there! Kelly Ramsdell Fineman (from NJ – friend of Jenn Hubbard's) here. A wish for 2011? Peace on earth would be my pick. (May as well wish big.)

    I've already sent my annual donation to Heifer this holiday, so I won't be a participating blog (sorry).

  98. lahn

    Nathan, this is a fantastic, generous idea. We donated through Plan International this year, but we also support a local Heifer learning center when we can.
    I'm from Central MA and I wish for happiness and safety for a friend of mine who is leaving in a week to help start a school for girls in Rwanda.

  99. Kristi Helvig

    I'm Kristi from Colorado, and my wish for 2011 is for people to treat each other with love rather than fear and distrust. That's my wish every year, but I'll keep at it. Happy Holidays! πŸ™‚

  100. Jess the Reader

    I'm Jessica, from Melbourne, Australia.

    My book-related Christmas wish is that the cover art of Young Adult books is better able to represent the stories inside. There were a number of instances this year where the cover art was not representative of the characters. I'd like to see more non-white books, including books written by and featuring Indigenous Australian characters. Everybody should have the chance to read and to do so about people like them.

    I don't have a blog, but I think you're doing a really wonderful thing here Mr and Mrs Bransford. Merry Christmas to you both, and to all the readers.

  101. Andrew Jack

    Merry Christmas Nathan, and to all the writers reading your blog πŸ™‚

  102. Tahereh

    I'm Tahereh from Orange County, CA, and i have a wish that one day I won't be judged by the cover of my book, but by the content of my characters.

    Also, world peace.

    You're the best, Nathan.
    Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  103. Mireyah Wolfe

    Mireyah, from Louisiana! My wish for 2011 is that "events" like this took place more often than just in December! I wish I could afford to do the event justice by hosting the same at my blog. =( Hopefully I'll be ale to not too far in the future!

  104. Jx

    Hello, I'm from Singapore (which is why it's such a pleasant time to comment on this blog), and for 2011…There's plenty of things happening, but I'd like to do what I can: Finish my first WIP.

    Anyone seen "World" by Five for Fighting? I guess that's my hope for the rest of the world in 2011.

  105. Mignon

    Mignon from Reno, Nevada. I second Sarah's wish: that everyone who is looking for a job finds one.

  106. P.A.Brown

    I've always meant to pledge to Heifer — this time I did. Thanks for reminding me of them.

  107. Kenner R. McQuaid

    Kenner from Philadelphia, PA hopes that all of these comments will make a difference in people's lives for 2011.

  108. tracy-d74

    I'm Tracy. I'm in OK. I wish that 2011 has fewer trials for me and my friends.

  109. maine character

    #110 Comment – ten more and we'll have enough for a sheep, goat, or pig. Or two rabbits. And you know what they say about two rabbits.

  110. Denise

    My name is Denise and I have given a donation to this wonderful organization in the past and it is so great that you are raising awareness. I live on Orcas Island and I have so many wishes for 2011. My selfish wish is that I find an agent and a publisher. My non-selfish wish is that we have an uprising that forces our government officials to put the people first. To put aside politics and work together to make good decisions to reduce the deficit, secure social security and solidify Medicare/Medicaid. We are better than this. I know we are. We can work together to take care of each other. Otherwise what is the point really?
    Which brings us back to Heifer International. I give to a number of organizations so won't expound on any specifics here but I think the best, "whatever your belief system is", present is to make someone's life a little brighter.
    Happy Holidays to all!

  111. Caroline Steele

    Happy holidays for everyone from Caroline in Utah… my wish for 2011? Wellβ€”let's just say a pair of thick, woolen socks. Ala Dumbledore.

  112. Kari

    Hi! I'm Carrie (or Kari) from Phoenix. Wish for 2011? Maybe that I'll be a better person than I was in 2010…

  113. Christina

    I'm Christina from St. Louis. I love Heifer International; my siblings and I are making donations there instead of getting each other gifts this year, and I hope it's something we'll continue.

    A wish for 2011: that the people who work to keep us safe (soldiers, police, firefighters, etc.) will be safe themselves.

  114. J. T. Shea

    Heifers rock! I'm all for virgin female cattle…I think.

    Anyway, my name is J. T. Shea, surprise, surprise! John T. Shea.

    I'm from New York originally, but have lived for years in Cork, Ireland.

    For 2011, I wish for a llama. And peace on earth…and in outer space…our solar system anyway. But not on the imaginary planet where my WIP is set.

  115. indie-grrl

    Happy Winter Solstice from Erika in Terrace, British Columbia (Canada). I think this is a fantastic cause.

    My wish for 2011: honesty.

  116. Sheila Cull

    Sheila Cull


    To get the word out on the recent discovery of Chicago's Camp Douglas. A large civil war prison that my special friend George Levy unearthed.

  117. wendy

    Merry Christmas, Nathan and Allison and all who visit here. πŸ™‚

    Wendy – Australia

  118. Kathryn Magendie

    I love Heifer International and try to make a donation every year – so my wish is you raise more this year than the last!

    Merry Christmas, from Kat in The Great Smoky Mountains, at Killian Knob.

  119. Penelope

    Penelope Rose from Holland, MI

    I hope to finish the novel I'm working on, edit it until my fingers are bloody and start querying in 2011.

    Thank you so much for doing this!

  120. RobynBradley

    What a great idea! My name is RB, just outside of Boston. My wish for 2011? More random acts of kindness.

  121. Stephanie Smith

    Happy Holidays!

  122. RobynBradley

    I just did a blog post too and am donating $1 per comment! Yay and thanks for the great idea.

  123. Connie

    Hello, Connie Hum from New York City! I think it's wonderful that you're donating to Heifer! My wish for 2011 is to get involved in another volunteer program while I work in China.

  124. Katie L. Carroll (KT)

    What a great cause. I didn't mean to post my blog on the list of those matching donations on their own blogs. I thought the form was for those who wanted to donate!

    Merry Christmas, everyone!

  125. Jessica

    Merry Christmas everyone!
    My wish for 2011 is very unoriginal, but nonetheless I wish for me and my author friend to manage finding agents this year.

  126. Melinda

    I work for the American Angus Association so I really dig this charity. My wish: That the house would clean itself.

    Hope you have a good holiday!

  127. Megan

    This is Megan from Oregon. My personal wish for 2011 is to be able to move out of my parents' house because it's getting a little old. A wish for the country would be that our elected officials start working together instead of fighting or needing an incentive to actually vote for things. I don't really see it happening but it's nice to hope.

  128. lisalgreer

    I'm Lisa in Texas. My wish for 2011 is more peace and progress around the world. I am supporting World Vision this year, but I have done Heifer in the past and think it's great…

  129. Anonymous

    I wish to stay centered and full of love, feeling it come out of me, feeling myself receive it. I wish then to be living my writing dream, feeling the words flow and having someone eagerly snatch them up for publication (first the right agent, then the right publisher).

    I wish joy, prosperity, compassion, health, and the fulfillment of dreams for the whole world in 2011.

    Nathan, Alison and you rock for doing this.

  130. Nate Wilson

    I'm writing from a car dealership beside a garbage dump here in lovely Connecticut, and I wish that time slows down in 2011, since so many great things are going to happen and I want to savor every minute of it.

    This is a wonderful thing you're doing, Nathan, and in fact you've inspired me to make a sizable donation of my own (and not based on my blog comments… or it wouldn't be nearly as sizable).

    Though, what's up with your followers? I'm a day late here, and we're barely at 130 comments? Come on, people! The less fortunate need llamas! Get with the program!

  131. Laurie

    This is Laurie Muench from Oregon. Thanks for helping such a wonderful charity.
    I hope everyone has a wonderful new year, and that things continue to get better for everyone.

  132. Laura Marcella

    Many blessings to you and your family this Christmas in the new year!!!

    1. Laura
    2. Pennsylvania
    3. Published in 2011!

  133. Kathryn

    This is Kathryn from Massachusetts. I wish for creativity, patience and trust (for all) in the new year! I was in the Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan for 2 years, and this kind of charity is the kind of thing that can actually make a difference in people's lives. Thank you!

  134. Nonie

    I'm Nonie as you can tell from the username. πŸ™‚

    I live in Michigan, and I'm a junior in high school right now, so I'm just wishing for a good school year and a wonderful senior year. πŸ™‚

  135. Michael

    1. Mike
    2. Virginia
    3. Health, Happiness, Peace to all.

  136. Dominique

    I've heard of Heifer International. They do really great work. What you're doing with your blog is really great.
    I don't really have a wish for 2011 yet, and I hail from a couple places at the moment, but I wanted to stop by and say Happy Holidays to you and yours.

  137. Anjali

    I hope that my friends and loved ones pull through this recession.

    I'm Anjali from Atlanta. And I donate to Heiffer every year. Love them!

  138. Megan

    Megan from AZ, wishing for good health in 2011.

  139. Tera Lynn Childs

    Wonderful idea Nathan, I adore Heifer International. I've pledged the same $1 per comment on my own blog and added it to the list. My wish for 2011 is for no one to go without.

  140. Stephanie Reed

    Stephanie from Ohio, and my wish for 2011 is to be a better listener for all the hurting people I know. Sometimes people just need a friend to talk to and to pray with.

  141. Yamamoto-Kou

    1. Yamamoto Kou
    2. South East Asia
    3. A great adventure/fantasy book with a synopsis on the back that won't put me off. (Didn't manage to read anything that wasn't a sequal to something this entire year! If I have to see 'vampires' or 'werewolves' one more time…!)

  142. Marguerite Lafayette

    Happy Holidays! This is a wonderful way to help! Kudos to everyone

  143. Sara

    Hi Nathan, this is a great idea.

    I'm Sara Habein and I live in Great Falls, Montana.

    A wish for 2011? I'd like to say "to sell my book" but, I will settle for just selling my house.

  144. Ghenet

    This is great!

    I'm Ghenet from Brooklyn and my wish for 2011 is to finish my draft.

  145. demery bader-saye

    Thank you for doing this Nathan! My name is Demery. I'm from Austin, TX and my wish for 2011 is that peace and joy will make regular appearances in my life, the lives of my friends and family and all around the world!

  146. ThirteenthWind

    1. Thirteen
    2. Ohio
    3. Peace, love and daisies

    My high school did this a while back. It was great to see different classes doing sponsorship to help out around the globe. πŸ™‚

    Might have to see if I can get a group together to do it again.

  147. Sarah

    Merry Christmas from Sarah in Elgin, Illinois. I'm taking two wishes for 2011: a healthy baby (due in April; he's kicking my ribs as I write this) and a finished first draft of a novel. But mostly the baby.

  148. Anonymous

    Don't really have money to support charitys, so thanks for making this effort.

  149. Delia

    1. Delia
    2. New England
    3. Economic recovery and growth. (And more books.)

  150. Anonymous

    Merry Christmas from me and my family!

  151. Krista V.

    Krista Van Dolzer

    Originally from Kaysville, UT, now Mesquite, NV (where it's been (very uncharacteristically) raining for almost a week straight; which means we might be gearing up for another hundred-year flood – again).

    All right, I'm saying it: My wish for 2011 is that I land an agent and preferably a book deal. I realize these are things over which I have very little control. So be it.

    Thanks for doing this again, Nathan. Best wishes for the season.

  152. Brenda

    Merry Christmas to all and my wish for 2011 – beyond peace and prosperity for all – is to keep reading your blog… love it!

    -Brenda Bickham from Boston, MA.

  153. terryd

    To charity and all the beasties of the earth, including we two-legged types.

  154. adriennebarr

    Merry Christmas!

    I'm Adrienne from Arnprior, Ontario in Canada. And I LOVE your blog!

  155. Emily Ward

    Happy holidays! I love this blog, and it's great that you're doing this πŸ™‚

    I'm Emily, coming from Salem, Oregon. For 2011, I wish to be more concerned about others.

  156. Wendy Delfosse

    Nice idea, Nathan!

    Wendy from Florida. Don't know if I have a 2011 wish, but I do hope to keep working on my writing.

  157. Anonymous

    Ann Arbor, Michigan.

    Wishing The End of Taxes, Fulfilling Livlihoods, Love, Joy, and Peace on Earth!

  158. Gretchen

    Thanks to you and your wife for doing this, Nathan! You guys are awesome.

    I'm Gretchen from Truckee, California. My wish is for peace and love for this beautiful planet.

    I'd love to get a pledge up on my own blog, so if I can get permission from my husband, I'll be back with a link!

  159. Erin

    I'm Erin Etheridge in Winston-Salem, NC, and I wish that nobody in the US would have to worry about healthcare in 2011.

  160. Mai

    Here's one more comment!

  161. Anonymous

    Steve from Downeast Maine says: Very worthy cause. Don't have a blog (yet), but if I did I'd surely link.

  162. Robin M

    Robin from North Carolina wishes peace, contentment, and good health to everyone for 2011. My husband and I usually contribute to Heifer Intl each year but decided to give to the local food bank this year instead, so I'm happy to contribute in this small way!

  163. Sarra

    Such a great cause! Merry Christmas Nathan.

  164. Ted

    1. Ted
    2. Arlington, VA
    3. a good home for our foster kittens Oggi and Gigi.

  165. Nancy

    This is a wonderful charity–thanks, Nathan! There's been an outpouring of giving from the blogging world this season, and my wish is that next year, I'll have the resources to participate as well.

    Nancy Kelley
    Vancouver, WA USA

  166. Anne R. Allen

    1. Anne
    2. The (very soggy) Central Coast of CA.
    3. What Rick Daley said: "In 2011 I wish for our elected officials (and those in the media who talk about them) to act like responsible grown-ups for once."

  167. Rebecca

    Thanks for doing this, Nathan. I love Heifer International. One Christmas, I gave my husband the gift of a chicken (or was it half a goat?).

    Happy holidays!

  168. Anna

    Happy Holidays everyone!!!!
    Anna, from Houston, TX, and I hope for health, happiness and lots of laughter in 2011.

  169. Paul

    I'm Paul from St. Louis.

    My wish is that someone who benefits from your awesome pledge sees it and all of the goodhearted people who support it.

    Also, I'd kinda like a white Christmas.

  170. Anonymous

    I'm Luke from St. Louis.

    My wish is that people don't have to worry about when or if they will get their next meal.

  171. Audra Krell

    Love this giving project!
    All the way from no snow Scottsdale, AZ, my wish is for everyone to know the unconditional love of Jesus.

  172. Linda

    This is Linda from New Jersey which is way too warm for December. No white Christmas this year I suppose..sigh.
    My wish for 2011 is to lose weight and survive another year of school. And to get a really awesome PSAT score.
    Fingers crossed and Happy Holidays πŸ™‚

  173. reader

    Yeah, Nathan. Such a great thing.

  174. reader

    Oops, I'm in Southern Colorado.

  175. Kasey

    Kasey from Gardner MA, and my wish for 2011 is to be accepted into a good college! Happy holidays!

  176. Perri

    Thank you Nathan, and Heifer International. I am writing from a small farm in Western Massachusetts and I wish for a better year.

  177. Rachel

    I just stumbled upon this idea and I think is great! Here are my answers:

    1. Raquel
    2. Barcelona, Spain (although I am currently sort of Dutch by adoption)
    3. I wish success for all the small big ideas that make the world a better place.

    Good luck (and happy holidays)!

  178. Mike Ryan/ Rockville, Maryland

    Great idea, Nathan! Happy Holidays!

  179. seekerval

    Greetings and Happy Winter Festival Time from Val Lies in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where we have more snow than even we know what to do with at any one time.

    I'm wishing everyone could find whatever assistance and friendships that they might need in 2011.

  180. Bonnie  J. Doerr

    from NC, USA

    I have two wishes for 2011. I wish the political parties in the USA would stop acting like children and cooperate. I also hope more jobs become available for people who want them.

  181. LuxieRyder


    My public name is Luxie Ryder and I think it's wonderful of you to do this!

    I'm from snowy, cold (at the moment) Blighty.

    I think a good wish for 2011 is that more people make the effort to improve the lives of others less fortunate than them.

  182. Transitoria

    This is Transitoria, getting ready for a white Christmas in St. Louis.

    My wish for 2011 is for health and happiness and a publishing contract.

  183. Jessie

    Jessie from Florida here. Thanks for your generosity! My wish for 2011 is that all Americans will be able to spare something to donate to charity. It's such a good feeling to give to others.

  184. Christina

    Christina from California here. Specifically, I hope that in 2011 I get the job in Japan that I truly want. In general, I hope that people and governments become less concerned with their pride and more concerned with caring for others.

  185. Internet Geek

    Seasons greetings from Traci in Raymond, NH! I'm wishing that in 2011, I'll be financially solvent and will be able to make the same pledge on my blog… πŸ™‚

  186. Carol Newman Cronin

    Carol from the shores of chilly Narragansett Bay, RI. My wish is for more of us to "just get along" in 2011. And of course for a successful Heifer campaign!

    Thanks for all your insights into the writing and publishing world, and best wishes for 2011.

  187. Heather

    heather from Ga wishing for peace and kindness in 2011

  188. laurie

    laurie from the highlands of VA wishes for all the peace that passes understanding πŸ™‚

  189. Melanie Hooyenga

    Go heifers go!

    Happy holidays from western Michigan! I can finally stop saying Mexico. πŸ™‚

  190. bluerabbit

    What a great idea! This is a very good cause. Wishing you a warm and wonderful holiday.
    Linda Armstrong

  191. Tami

    Heifer is awesome. I am a Texan. My personal wish for 2011 would be to get something published, whether it be a short or a novel. For family, good health, for world, I like the UNICEF no child goal.

  192. Tricia


  193. Monica


  194. Clare WB

    Merry Christmas to two very good people! Thanks for the opportunity to help. I've been feeling a bit low what with loss of a loved one in the past year and, like many fellow writers, much less income too. But how blessed I am compared to so many in the world. Good reminder, Nathan.
    May you and your wife have a gloriously wonderful Christmas with an equally great New Year.
    Clare Wheeler-Brandt

  195. Anonymous

    Merry Christmas from Mike A. in Winchester, Va.

  196. Megan Sayer

    Great idea.
    Merry Christmas from Megan from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

    My personal wish is that in 2011 I'll generate enough income through writing to justify the expense of day care. My big-picture wish is that more and more people will get the real point of why we do this Dec 25 thing.

  197. Ruthanne

    1. Ruthanne Reid
    2. New Hampshire!
    3. My wish:
    In general? For more tolerance. The real kind, not the pretend kind that goes, "everybody's okay EXCEPT YOU." In specific? That my husband's surgery was successful, and he'll be able to walk again.

  198. Anonymous

    More wishes

  199. Anonymous

    What a wonderful thing to do! Wishing you the best with your great endeavors! Donna in Illinois

  200. alexia

    Rock out! I give to Heifer every year for Christmas, too! Awesome organization. I love that they are creating sustainable businesses, not just giving them a temporary fix. I haven't made my donation yet, so I'll sign up for the blog pledge!

  201. Cacy

    1. Cacy
    2. California
    3. I'm going to second Brian Russell's wish ("A healthy publishing industry full of wonderful opportunities for debut writers. Just, um, because"). Seconding someone else's wish is allowed, right? Maybe even doubles the power of said wish?

  202. Nora Coon

    What a fantastic thing to do! I'm Nora Coon from Portland, Oregon – for 2011, I'll wish that everyone could spend a bit more time thinking of and acting for others.

  203. hannah



    I want to be way happier this time next year.

    Also, my mom gets a Heifer goat for me every year for Hanukkah, and it's awesome.

  204. Lanval's Maiden

    Hi there!

    I'm Beth, and I'm from Pennsylvania. I worked with Heifer Project to help build fences and barns every year at Easter throughout high school and was really excited when @hannahmosk retweeted your blog post.

    As for wishes for 2011 – I hope to see less division and more cooperation and understanding throughout the world.

  205. Amalia Gladhart

    Wonderful effort! My family has been supporting Heifer Intl. since my parents worked with them as Peace Corps volunteers in the 60s.

    Amalia Gladhart, writing from Oregon.

  206. R.S.J.

    -Winterwonderland of Utah
    -Hope to be a better person than I am today.

  207. Shell

    Merry Christmas, Nathan, to you and your lovely wife (I can say things like that having never met her because lovely people do lovely things like this).

  208. R.D. Allen

    This is R.D. Allen from the South here and there, and one of my wishes for 2011 is to get at least a partial request of my novel, I'M SORRY, from a publisher.

  209. maya

    What a fabulous idea!

    I use Heifer International for my gifts to people who have everything they need! A really practical gift that keeps on giving.

    I'm Maya, from Hong Kong, but currently living in Australia. My wish is that people will become more aware of global issues so people all over the world have, at very least, all their basic human needs met.

  210. Mayaah

    Happy Holidays. Best of wishes to your blog, your book, and your family!

  211. Ottilia

    I'm from the UK, love to read your blog Nathan, even though I usually do not comment (by the time I receive them they're getting a bit old).
    My wish for 2011?
    Peace on Earth!
    I know it's an old one, but it's never happened yet…

  212. Olivia

    Merry christmas & a happy new year!

  213. Other Lisa


    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Lisa Brackmann, generally from Venice CA, writing this from Beijing, China (but I'll be home for Christmas, the Travel Gods willing).

    I have a hard time narrowing things down to one wish, but I think I will go for wishing that the Ship of State gets back on a healthier, more rational course, that the powers that be realize that a more just and equitable society is a better society for everyone, that we rediscover the possibility of dreams and transformation.

    Something like that, anyway.

  214. Daryl Northrop

    Hello! Thank you for doing this.

    I am spending the holidays in Alexandria, VA.

    Hoping more people in 2011 will do things like this.

  215. Raj

    Finish my Novel and get it published.

    Cool idea. happy holidays to you and family.

  216. Valerie

    Heifers for everybody! This is a great cause.

    Happy holidays from the greater-Nashville area!

  217. Lynne Dempsey

    Thanks for doing this!

    Lynne Dempsey
    World Peace
    My kids and I have the Heifer catalog. We'll be making our contribution over the holidays.
    (I'll retweet.) Have a very merry Christmas!

  218. Steph

    Happy holidays!

  219. CMR Prindle

    How fantastic. Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year to you and your wife from CMR in chilly, but blessedly snow-free, NYC. My wish for 2011 is for a better year for those who had such a difficult 2010 (myself very much on that list!), and to finish this freaking novel.

    God bless you and your wife.

  220. Queen 'Bina

    This is Robin Ford from San Antonio, wishing for some crazy-good editing skills this year.

  221. Ami Hendrickson

    I am with you again this year for your Heifer drive.

    Here's wishing that all writers find acceptance both for themselves and for their words in the new year.

    Have the happiest of holidays.

  222. Julie

    Merry Christmas from Julie in Western Australia, with hope for a peaceful 2011.

  223. CKHB

    I love Heifer International! Plan to buy a llama or water buffalo as a present for my mom sometime soon…

  224. Rebecca T.

    This looks like a great organization! And thanks for doing this!

  225. Jules

    Jules from Portland wishes you all happy holidays and a wonderful new year!

  226. Julia's Child

    Hi! I also give to Heifer. I let my two children each choose a project for their own contribution. You are doing great work here.

  227. Kelbian Naidoo

    Deborah from Toronto, Canada
    Wishing for continued smiles for years to come πŸ™‚

  228. cheekychook

    1. Karen
    2. Northern New England
    3. Health and happiness for all
    4. No blog, yet, but think it's great that you're all participating in this!

    Happy holidays!

  229. Andrea

    1. Andrea
    2. Riverside, Ca right now, but sometimes Seattle.
    3. That we all open our eyes to the small, beautiful and sometimes scary miracle that our lives are & try harder to be kind instead of caring so much for stuffs.

  230. RedHeadedQuilter

    Kelly Smith
    From: Canada
    Currently living in (and loving): Colorado
    My wish for 2011 is for unemployed people to find jobs they love as much as I love mine.
    I would do a pledge drive too, but I've only been working for 3 months after 13 months unemployed, so I can't quite afford it yet.
    Thanks for doing this again, Nathan! You rock!

  231. monkeybethmedia

    Happy Holidays! This is a wonderful way to give during the season. Thank you, Nathan for being so generous to people in need.

    This is Mary from Littleton, Colorado and I wish for people to positive change in 2011 – more kindness and compassion, better opportunities, and lots of laughter!

    Take care.

  232. Terry Albert

    Terry Albert from Poway CA. I wish for everyone in 2011 to stop playing politics and really work to fix the nation's problems. World peace would be good too while you are at it.

  233. KatieJ

    Thanks for your continued blog, Mr. Bransford. I wish for another year of terriffic reading and writing. Kate Jenkins in Denver, Colorado.

  234. Lori

    Lori Rader Day, Chicago

    I wish for more writing time and for some of the kindness I've seen this season to last a long, long time.

  235. Anonymous

    To get the book I have been writing for 5 years published!!!

  236. Tom M Franklin

    Tom M Franklin, originally from DC, now living outside Raleighwood, NC.

    My wish? To have Book One accepted by my, hopefully, soon-to-be agent, followed by a sale to a publishing house!

    — Tom

  237. lucynicola

    Stephanie Brown
    North Carolina
    That the world will become a better place.

  238. Polly

    Merry Christmas from Barbara in Seattle. I wish for a more just world for everyone's children.

  239. Livia


  240. Steph Sinkhorn

    1. Steph!
    2. The North Bay Area in California
    3. To keep on keepin' on with all the greatness 2010 bestowed upon me and my loved ones
    4. Not doing a comment pledge, but I did donate to Drop In The Bucket and RAINN this year. Both great organizations that I highly recommend!

  241. Anonymous

    Lauren from Connecticut.

    I wish that everyone recieves at least one book for the holidays!

  242. Teralyn Rose Pilgrim

    1. Teralyn Pilgrim
    2. Portland, Oregon
    3. I wish everyone in the world would read at least one book that they love this year. Maybe someday, we'll all love to read.

  243. The Dude

    Frazer, Memphis, my wish is for a cooler summer than 2010!

  244. N.A.

    1. Hughes.

    2. Living in the Merrimack Valley, birthplace of Kerouac, once home to Robert Frost, where it is snowing right now this minute!

    3. My wishes (from most plausible to least):
    a. A white Christmas.
    b. Dark chocolate, red wine, and coffee beans to rain down from the sky in some way that would be non-destructive.
    c. A more sharply progressive tax system.

  245. Jeigh

    Jeigh Meredith from West Virginia. Happy Holidays, everyone!

  246. lexcade

    This is Cate from Northern KY/Cincinnati.

    Wish for 2011…probably to change someone's life for the better. However I possibly can.

    Happy holidays, Nathan!

  247. Alexa

    What a lovely idea. Happy Holidays and best wishes for 2011.

  248. Andi

    I think it's wonderful that you're doing this!

    My wish for 2011? That anyone who needs medical care could get it — and it wouldn't cost them or their families their financial stability to do so.

  249. Aoife.Troxel

    3.That wish thing is hard! There are the ones like "world peace" that will never come true and then the ones like "new socks" that always do unfortunately, so I'll simply say to not have to wish for anything.

  250. K. M. Walton

    My kids and I have shopped that catalog for the past two years – Heifer is an amazing organization.

    At the rate you're going with comments here…you might have to buy the Heifer itself!!!

    Go Nathan, go!

  251. Anna

    Double comment before the time runs out. Happy holidays!

  252. Dorothy L. Abrams

    Wishing you and all of us open hearts and honesty, inspiration and bright ideas for the new year. Dorothy Abrams from Clyde NY

    Thanks for the reminder to post this on my blog.

  253. LC

    Health and happiness for 2011 from LC in SF.

  254. mkromd

    I appreciate and applaud you're humanity. Well done. I hope you do even better this year.

  255. Anonymous

    Merry Christmas! This is Kaitlin from Wisconsin. This year, I'm wishing that my friends and family stay healthy, and that I don't drown in debt when I start college.

  256. Dave Symonds

    Great idea, love your blog. Happy Holidays

    Jersey City, NJ

  257. Holly

    Merry Christmas from Holly Grant in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

    My wish for 2011: to remember what's important in life.

    I pledge to donate to Heifer and will visit their website tonight.

  258. John

    1. John
    2. Long Beach
    3. Peace on Earth, good will towards man

  259. Kate

    1. Kate

    2. Fairfield, Iowa

    3. Funding for Warrior Wellness, a program from the David Lynch Foundation to teach veterans with PTSD meditation

  260. Anonymous

    Leslie from Idaho says, "Let us wish more to travel well than to arrive."

    Also, being charitable is charitable.

  261. ed

    …a most worthy cause…Merry Christmas to all…

  262. erica and christy

    Erica Olson
    For no child to ever go hungry again.

  263. Deborah Serravalle

    Excellent idea!

    My name is Deborah Serravalle

    I'm from Burlington, Ontario, Canada.

    My wish for 2011 is for the eighth draft of my novel manuscript to be 'the one' and to find an agent that is as excited about my work as I am.

    Happy New Year!

  264. February Grace

    Happy Holidays, Jedi Master!

    I'm bru.

    I'm from the mitten shaped state.

    A wish for 2011? Inner peace for myself and outer peace for the rest of humanity.

    Thanks for everything you've given us all this year! This blog is truly the gift that keeps on giving.

  265. Kimber Leszczuk.

    This is coming to you from Dayton, Ohio. One of my wishes for 2011 is to finish my degree. I am at Wright State University studying psychology. I want to help families who have children with ADHD.

  266. BJ

    Wonderful idea. I'm BJ Muntain from Saskatchewan, Canada. My biggest wish is to see all my friends published. Yeah, yeah, I know, but I'm a softy that way…

  267. Anonymous

    New Jersey
    I wish for health, happiness, and dream fulfillment for all.

    PS Thanks for doing this! Heifer sounds like a great charity.

  268. Claude Nougat

    I support your idea of giving so much that I've done the same on my blog!

    Check it out at http//

    I've asked my readers to contribute to Heifer International and I've also called for pledges for my favourite humanitarian organization: the Order of Malta, present everywhere disasters hit and also with a beautiful maternity hospital in Bethlehem, where children of all confessions – Muslim, Jewish, Christian – are born!

  269. Frankie

    Great idea, Nathan! I think Heifer is a fantastic organization. Happy holidays, everyone.

  270. Anonymous

    Happy Holidays from Jen in Queens, NYC. My wishes for 2011 are for all hungry bellies and empty wallets to be filled; for the unemployed to hit the lottery; an end to war and bad television; and an extended season of True Blood.

  271. SusanLower

    It is nice to see others giving to others during the holidays. Thank you for keeping the genoristy going. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  272. Amy Tripp

    Happy Holidays! And what a wonderful idea for giving.

  273. All Adither

    Health, peace and love for everyone.

  274. Ciara

    This is Ciara from Ireland πŸ™‚ My wish for 2011 is that the impact of the "It gets better project" really makes a difference and there are no gay bullying related suicides next year.

  275. Don Rearden

    1. Don
    2. Alaska
    3. A healthy happy family in 2011 and success for my novel coming out in January!

    Heifer International is incredible. Thanks for doing this. I'll repost on my blog.

  276. Erynn

    Raleigh, NC
    And I second or 25th the wish for publication.

  277. Andrea

    I applaud you for doing this…what a great way to celebrate the season!

  278. Anonymous

    Thank you Nathan! MBB loves your posts. I hope with all the challenges this year you can keep it up. I look forward to seeing it in my inbox! Merry Christmas!


  279. Anonymous

    Thank you again Nathan. With all your new challenges this year, I hope you can keep up the blog. I look forward to seeing it in my inbox.

  280. Simon

    Thanks for doing this generous post, Nathan! My wish is that I'll be able to do one of my own one of these years.

  281. BL Bonita

    Happy Holidays from Northern Ontario, Canada!

  282. A.M Hudson

    I wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas. Keep those torches burning for those who are in need. What you're doing is very noble!!

    Angie Hudson from Perth, Australia.

  283. Jason

    1. Jason

    2. Richmond, VA

    3. Wish for 2011? That folks would take a moment every day to do something nice for someone else. Whether it's help an old lady cross the street, compliment a loved one or buy someone coffee. Just something small, but something for someone else.

  284. T. Wolfe

    Happy Holidays to everyone!

  285. Jennifer McFadden

    Merry Christmas from Jennifer McFadden in Katy, Texas. My wish is that 2011 will be a year of health and happiness for everyone!

  286. Aunt Boomie

    Katharine in Asheville, NC, wishes for all those cash-strapped school districts to consider cuts other than laying off quality teachers.

  287. Andrea Cremer

    Heifer International is a wonderful organization. Thanks to you and your wife for this generous fundraising effort. Merry Christmas from Minnesota and from a fellow Penguin author πŸ™‚

  288. Julie

    Julie from Joliet, Illinois! I wish for inner strength for all…we'd all be better off with a little more.
    Thank you for doing this again.
    Merry Christmas!

  289. awwaggener

    Happy holidays from Anna in St. Paul, MN!

  290. Sherry

    Sherry from snow-white British Columbia, Canada. I'd like to see everyone who is struggling financially this year enjoy prosperity in 2011, so we can spread the wealth, as you're doing.

  291. lindsey lane

    1. Lindsey
    2. Austin
    3. That everyone will be kinder to one other in 2011.

    Thank you, Nathan, for putting your money where your blog is..or something like that.

  292. Danna

    Danna from Utah, I wish for the economy to get better.

  293. Deborah K. White

    I love the idea of Heifer International and have contributed to them in the past. Thanks.

  294. Down the well

    Commenting again for another buck toward Heifer International. Merry Christmas!!

  295. Hilary

    Hilary, from Phoenix, and I wish my work would stop making us eat Pringles so they can use the containers for the science club.

    Thanks for extending this, I meant to post yesterday and forgot!

  296. Natasha Fondren

    Happy Holidays, Nathan! Thanks for your blog and all you do for the writing community.

    I'm currently in Tucson, and I wish for something I'm afraid to say, I want it so much!

  297. Anna

    Once again, happy holidays! Stop on by and comment for extra money for Heifer: My Blog.

  298. janehdavis

    Merry Merry Christmas from Jane Davis in Fairfax, VA. Please let's hope for a cure for cancer, especially Mantle Cell Lymphoma. It is truly a happy holiday season for us as my husband has been in remission for almost 9 months!

  299. Aaron

    Hiya from Aaron, down here in J-Ville, Jacksonville, Florida! My wish for 2011 is that A). The BRATS in my neighborhood stop littering on our neighborhood trail, and de-beautifying it and B). I finish my VERY FIRST NOVEL and that it's GOOD, and that it's published! πŸ˜€
    Oh, yeah…. and world peace.

  300. Danielle Gibbons

    2. Ashland Oregon
    3. I hope 2011 is less about stuff and more about connection.
    4. My 6 year old son chose a basket of chicks ($60) to be donated in my parents name. Thanks for your service Nathan.

  301. writeintention

    Kris from Volcano, Hawaii, wish for 2011 is to really use the Secret!

  302. Two Flights Down

    I am Kassie from Illinois. This is a wonderful fund raiser. I wish everyone a safe, happy, peaceful 2011 filled with books and inspiration!

  303. writeintention

    Kris from Volcano, Hawaii wishing to use the Secret more effectively!

  304. Courtney Price ~ Vintage Ginger Peaches

    If you're willing to give $1000, you should just do it, regardless of #s of comments. I've about had it with comment-related stuff. That is my wish.


  305. Josin L. McQuein

    A wonderful way to celebrate the holidays and make a lasting impact on the world!

    Merry Christmas!


  306. Jenna St. Hilaire

    Leaving a comment, hopefully in time. I just saw the extension.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  307. Sarah Laurenson

    So if we comment a second time, does that add another buck to the pile?

  308. Amethyst

    Happily remaining anonymous in Union City, CA.

    A wish for 2011? For life to never lead any of us astray…

    Happy Holidays! πŸ™‚

  309. Rebecca

    Hoping for common sense and laying down of arms, from Rebecca McBride, Old Chatham, NY. Thank you for providing a way to something good for others.

  310. Nathan Bransford


    The idea is that rather than just one person donating money, by asking people to comment we're ensuring that people click through, see the other participants, and hopefully inspire more people to participate.

    Multiplication instead of addition!

  311. jill

    This is Jill, from near Portlad, Oregon. My blog is gathering cobweb and dust bunnies, so I've made a donation myself. Thanks for the reminder of a worthy charity for our extra money!

  312. Karen Peterson

    I think it's so great that you're doing this!

    Merry Christmas!

  313. Melody Jackson

    Melody B. Jackson from South Carolina. My wish for 2011 for everyone to have a happy new year and for the rest of my school year to go smoothly.

  314. Brittany

    I heard about this on another blog, but I thought I'd comment here first. Happy holidays everyone!

  315. Anonymous

    Happy Holidays from Beth in California. My wish: that every child in the world gets a new book for Christmas.

  316. Bryan D

    Nathan–thanks for a great year, and good luck at CNET. We'll all miss the hope of having you as our agent, but at least you're keeping the blog around for now.

    Thanks for the donation to HI (headquartered in my home state!). Bees are our favorite gift this time of year.

    Merry Christmas!

  317. Heather

    This is Heather from the rainy portion of the west coast of the US.

    A wish for 2011, that I finally finish this current draft of my WIP, and of course world peace.

  318. Anonymous

    Happy hollidays

  319. gideon 86

    Merry Christmas Nathan to you and your family. What you're doing is great!


  320. Linda

    Thanks for all you do Nathan! This is LindaSW from Baltimore, but geography's all relative here. Best of luck in your new position, and may your book sell, sell, sell!

    My wish for 2011 is all writers continue to write from their hearts — the market be damned! Peace…

  321. Anonymous

    Steph from Texas
    2011 wish: hoping to finish my novel – really finished this time…no really, I MEAN it.

  322. Jaden Terrell

    BethTH (pen name Jaden) from Nashville here.

    What a great idea, Nathan. I don't have a personal blog yet, only a group one, but as soon as I have one, I'll follow your excellent example.

    Wish: That every country, city, household, and individual be guided by wisdom and compassion.

    Selfish wish: To make enough money and earn enough recognition from my books to make my living writing and teaching workshops.

  323. Marta

    Happy holidays from the San Francisco Bay Area. Thanks for doing this. My husband has someone donate ducks on his behalf each year. My wish is for more of these gifts to find their way to homes that need them.

  324. kdrausin

    Krista Dondero-Rausin
    Cape Coral, Fl.
    I wish for a peaceful and magical 2011.

  325. Monica B.W.

    My wish? Happinnes for every human being.

  326. T. Wahl

    Happy Holidays from the Valley of the Sun!

  327. e_journeys

    May 2011 be filled with compassion.
    Blessings to all.
    And Thank You.

  328. Lauren

    Thank you, Nathan, for doing this. I love Heifer!

    I am Laurence from Manchester, Massachusetts, wishing everyone peace and hope for 2011.

    Merry Christmas!

  329. Anonymous

    What a wonderful idea, what the holidays are all about!

    Lesley, PA

  330. Anonymous

    What a great idea, Nathan. Well done. Debra Hemminger from soggy Portland, Oregon wishes that everyone could get the astronauts' view of our blue marble and know that we're all in this together.

  331. fakesteph

    1. Steph
    2. (not-so-sunny-at-the-moment) Los Angeles
    3. A wish for 2011 is to get more time to spend with my nephew.

    Thanks so much for this post, Nathan! I love The Heifer project. They are so great and doing wonderful things in the world.

  332. Micky

    Micky L, Westchester NY. Happy Holidays!

  333. Katie

    I'm Katie and I split my time between two US states. My wish for 2011 is healing.

    I like the comment donation idea!

    Merry Christmas!
    <>< Katie

  334. Wordfly

    Katrina from Berkeley, CA.
    Thanks, Nathan, for doing this! My wish is that you will do this for many years to come.

  335. moirayoung

    Ooops. Sorry for the late comment, but I'll keep mine going until Boxing Day at least!

    1. Moira Young
    2. Vancouver
    3. A wish? To continue to grow as a writer.

  336. Madeleine

    I'm planning on participating on my own blog next year. Yes, I said it. Someone hold me to it! ;D

    I'm Madeleine, and I'm from Portland, Oregon, where we have very wet but more gray than white Christmases. Such is our curse. It's Christmas all the same, though.

    My wish is that my friends and I will be successful in our writing endeavors, whatever they may be.

  337. Stephanie Theban

    Stephanie from Oklahoma. My daughter did a weekend at a Heifer International camp. Wonderful experience. They got assigned to a third world housing unit. Some got cardboard boxes, some got huts. My daughter was lucky. She got an Appalachian cabin, so she had a roof over her head, even if it leaked and the wind came through the cracks. They had to work together and trade to get something to eat. My daughter's group got a small quantity of beans. Then they had to figure out how to cook it. That meant they needed water and fire. Hours later, they each ate about three spoonfuls of beans, after which they slept on the floor without warm blankets. Great organization. Thanks for supporting it. My wish is that fewer children will live in poverty.

  338. Germaine Dulac

    I wish everyone a happy, productive 2011!

    – Germaine, California.

  339. Stephanie Black

    Stephanie from California, wishing everyone a wonderful 2011!

  340. Heidi

    Heidi Horchler, sending you a warm holiday greeting from the Arizona desert.
    My wish for the new year is a college scholarship for my son.
    Enjoy your kids while they're little, because man, does it go by fast!!

  341. saffinadesforges

    Happy holidays/Merry Christmas to everyone from England.

    My wish for 2011 is the same as every year; but if I tell anyone – it won't come true! πŸ˜‰

    Saffina Desforges

  342. Anonymous

    Hi Nathan – this is a very kind thing you and your wife are doing to make a difference. I just lost my source of income so I am not able to donate along with you, but if I had it, I would.

    My wish for 2011 is that I finish the two projects I have been working on – the second draft of the novel, and the second draft of the cookbook.

    Tim from Amsterdam, Netherlands

  343. Alixues

    Hey Nathan, here's wishing you a very merry Christmas all the way from Singapore! I only discovered your blog about a month back during Nanowrimo, but I found your entries really insightful and interesting and kept reading.

    Regards, Ally

  344. Alyson Noel

    Aw, this is one of my favorite charities–Happy Holidays to you and yours!!

  345. Suzanne

    A great organization, Heifer International. I had a friend who worked there, and I'll never forget a photo she sent — of her deep in a mirey (?) pond wrestling fondly with a large bovine animal.Good for you, Nathan, for making Heifer's spirits that much brighter with your generous campaign!
    Suzanne Grenager

  346. Renee Sweet

    This is such a great thing to do, Nathan. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  347. Anonymous

    Hello all,

    My name is Holly and I am from Wisconsin. My wish for 2011 is that everyone gets their wishes granted.

    Love your blog!
    Thank you and Merry Christmas!

  348. AM Riley

    Ann in Los Angeles, California. Thanks for this blog idea! I've donated a goat to a family on behalf of my mother and sister, both of whom are impossible to shop for.

    I wish that everyone looking for employment will find the job of their dreams this year. And No More War!

    I blogged but have no idea how to do the linkity. Here's the entry:

  349. Beth K. Vogt

    This is Beth from Colorado Springs, CO–and my wish is for fewer emails and more real conversations in 2011!

  350. Johngee10


    I know how much this means….I see it close up….You're both doing great Nathan….All the very best

  351. Anonymous

    Timothy Leary said it right: we live in a hive, and we swarm. What he neglected to mention is how swarming behavior can produce positive change, and reverse entropy. Which is what you are doing, Nathan. Or else the world would coast further, and you can only coast one way: downhill. Thank you for your foresight, And than you for raising our spirits this Christmas. ===Shamash in Uzbekiston==

  352. E.Maree

    I absolutely love this idea! Merry Christmas, Nathan and all the commenters.

  353. cwsherwoodedits

    Merry Christmas from Cindy in Southern California. My writing wish is to complete revisions, and do so successfully, on my MG novel next year and to finish a first draft of another.

  354. Margo Roby

    What a great way to use your blog and a wonderful cause. My mother has donated for years.I am Margo Roby, originally from Hong Kong, now living in Atlanta. How can one not wish for world peace, but this year I would like people to enjoy economic health in the upcoming year. A wonderful holiday to all.

  355. Ken Michaels

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. Enjoy your tamales.

    Wish: More awareness we are all one big family.

    Ken in Chicago

  356. Anonymous

    Here's for a safer, more prosperous world in 2011. Happy Holidays, everyone!

  357. Monica

    I love it when people break myths. Makes me happy.

  358. HNK

    Trusting the spirit of blessing those in need becomes a year-round way of living in 2011. My name is Howard N. Kenyon and I am from Portland, Oregon. I've been following your blog for months now and have gained much from it. I just published my first book, a non-fiction work, with which you were helpful without ever knowing. What you said today about agents not needing to be of one type is so right on. Diversity is good πŸ™‚ Keep spreading the encouragement!

  359. Tricia

    Happy New Year in your new job, Nathan – great way to start the year.


    Nathan, kudos to you for doing a wonderful thing! I wrote a post Nov. 29th about giving to worthy organizations at this time of year. Heifer is one that our family really loves. I have written a post to join this effort. I too will donate $2 per Like/Comment on my post, in addition to our family's donation.

    Please add my blog to your list:

    Happy Holidays all!

    Dawn Quyle Landau, at Tales From the Motherland (


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