I thought this charitable organization had an odd name until I looked into it. Heifer International actually lets you donate heifers or other animals to families in need around the world. Here’s how they explain how the gift of a cow can help a poor family:
Give a healthy heifer that offers families four gallons of milk per day! What would be the better gift for someone you love — another present that gathers dust on a shelf? Or a heifer and training purchased in honor of your special someone that brings health and hope to people in need?
Better still, your gift multiplies, as the first female calf from your cow is passed on to another family in need — then they also agree to pass on an animal of equal value, and so on. Now that’s quite a gift. A good dairy cow can produce four gallons of milk per day — enough for a family to drink and share with neighbors, and still have enough left over to sell.
The protein in milk can transform sick, malnourished children into healthy boys and girls. The sale of surplus milk earns money for school fees, medicine, clothing and home improvements.
And because a healthy cow can have a calf every year, your gift of a heifer could eventually help an entire community move from poverty to self-reliance. And that’s a present that’s impossible to top!