Circle of Healing: Saving Farm Animals, Saving Abused Children

 

How One Bale Of Hay Can Save The World

 

 

Circle of Healing: Saving Farm Animals, Saving Abused Children

 

“We are looking forward to the opportunity to show people the power of these animals to teach the message of hope and compassion.” Ellie Laks, co-founder of THE GENTLE BARN.

It’s all happened in a century. Only one hundred years ago most of us lived on the land. Or made a living on the sea.

Hard to believe, eh? Most North Americans lived in the country — not the cold, ugly, industrial cityscapes that were growing like poisonous toadstools over the planet.

Although the Industrial Revolution had been tearing our extended families apart for 300 years, pulling young men and women into the coalsmoke clouded cities, most of us still had a real relationship with the living countryside.

In fields, in barns, in the woodlands, in small country churches, we gathered and grew.  In my case, I grew up in harness racing country, surrounded by all of these, and stables, and lots of horses and lots of animals.  I was blessed.

But for most of the world, that blessed relationship is mostly torn apart today. And with it, an essential spiritual emptiness haunts us.

The animals are suffering because of that. Humans are suffering because of it. Especially children.

But here’s some wonderful Good News!

“THE GENTLE BARN has more than 100 animals who eat organic hay at their three locations in California, Tennessee and Missouri.” [1]

Doesn’t sound all that impressive? Here’s what’s happening, mon ami…

“With increasing headlines of violence and social disparity, it’s easy to become discouraged.”

THE GENTLE BARN founders Ellie Laks and Jay Weiner are very aware of the challenges our world faces and are dedicated to making it better through a variety of animal-therapy based programs.

“When supporters donate toward the purchase of a bale of hay for GENTLE BARN animals, it allows us to use our ‘general funds’ to do our work, rescuing animals and bringing in groups of children who desperately need our programs,” says Ellie.

“People are losing hope! We work every day to restore faith in humanity and help people become gentle and respectful in their daily lives. By supporting THE GENTLE BARN you’re supporting peace on this planet.”

In addition to providing sanctuary to abused and neglected animals, THE GENTLE BARN educates children and adults about compassion as their mission statement reads: “Teaching People Kindness and Compassion to Animals, Each Other and our Planet”

“When you donate towards a bale of hay, you’re not just feeding a rescued animal you’re also healing their hearts and showing them the power of a gentle world,” says Ellie.

“In turn, once the animals recover and learn to trust humans again, they are able to give back unconditional love and hope through our many programs to wounded warriors, victims of domestic violence, children escaping gangs and drug and alcohol abuse. Please help us complete this vital circle of healing.”

To support THE GENTLE BARN Hay Fund, please visit: http://www.gentlebarn.org/donate/

– Brian Alan Burhoe

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Circle of Healing: Saving Farm Animals, Saving Abused Children

Source: Civilized Bears, The Gentle Barn & PR Newswire

[1] ABOUT THE GENTLE BARN:
A national nonprofit founded in 1999 as a safe haven and place of recovery for severely abused animals. THE GENTLE BARN offers their unique philosophy of rehabilitating animals and connecting their stories of survival and healing to the experiences of children in need who have suffered physical, mental or emotional trauma. By interacting with the animals and taking a hands-on role in their welfare, program participants learn empathy, trust and forgiveness. THE GENTLE BARN is supported by celebrities such as Ellen Degeneres, David Backes, Daisy Fuentes, Richard Marx, Jenna & Channing Tatum, Steve-O, Rikki Rocket and Hilary Swank…   See www.gentlebarn.org

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About Brian Alan Burhoe

A Graduate of the Holland College Culinary Course, Brian Alan Burhoe has cooked in Atlantic Coast restaurants and institutional kitchens for over 30 years. He is a member of the Canadian Culinary Federation. Brian's articles reflect his interests in food service, Canadian history, imaginative literature, wildlife writing, animal rights, wilderness preservation and our best friends -- our dogs. See his CIVILIZED BEARS!
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