Heifer International Project

Early in the fall Christ Our Savior Sunday School children began an exciting project of collecting coins to purchase an animal for Heifer International.  Each child was given a small bank which soon became known as “cow banks”. 

 A Midwestern farmer named Dan West was ladling out rations of milk to hungry children during the Spanish Civil War when it hit him. He was forced to decide who would receive the limited rations and who wouldn’t – literally, who would live and who would die. This kind of aid, he knew, would never be enough. So West returned home to form Heifers for Relief, dedicated to ending hunger permanently by providing families with livestock and training so that they “could be spared the indignity of depending on others to feed their children.” 

“These children don’t need a cup, they need a cow.” This simple idea of giving families a source of food rather than short-term relief caught on and has continued for over 60 years. Since 1944, Heifer has helped 8.5 million people in more than 125 countries.

 Heifer has 869 active projects in 53 countries/provinces and 27 U.S. states. Heifer projects around the world help families achieve self-reliance through the gift of livestock and training. Gifts are passed from recipient to recipient until entire communities are transformed.   For more info check www:heifer.org.  

 The pennies and dimes continued to flow in as the school year progressed, but the purchase price for the cow was $500.  The Christ Our Savior Education staff and parents got together and decided to sponsor a Garage Sale to raise the last few hundreds of dollars needed!

 Christ Our Savior members donated the merchandise and the labor, our neighbors and the community shopped!  With the enthusiastic support enough funds were raised to purchase every animal in the Heifer catalog!  “We’re buying a whole farm,!” said the sale organizer. 

Somewhere in the world a family will receive a heifer, two water buffalo, a llama, a pig, a goat, a sheep, bees, fish, chicks, geese, ducks and rabbits. 


The leftover merchandise from the sale was donated to two local charities—the Habitat for Humanity Restore and the Ares Thrift Store.