Students raise money through church for Heifer International

Lane Riggs

Staff Writer

Heifer International has one goal: to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the earth. In the same vein of this goal, Uvalde 4-H students partnered with First United Methodist Church of Uvalde to raise $5,000, which Heifer International  then matched with $5,000, raising the grand total to $10,000. The students involved in this project received a plaque that credited them for the $10,000.

Students involved were Mackenzie Pitts, Morgan Dreyer, Anna Cate Walker, Brinlee Goggans, Koben Sanchez, Hannah Smith, McCoy Smith and Hope Smith.

Though Heifer International has been around for awhile – ever since founder and farmer Dan West’s initial goal to provide relief at the front lines of the Spanish Civil War sparked the idea – Mackenzie Pitts and her grandmother Merry Dee Pitts had not heard of it before.

“The First United Methodist Church gives offerings to Heifer, and that was how we first heard of it,” Merry Dee Pitts said. “We have since worked through the church for five or six years to make donations to Heifer.”

As Dan West found out on the front lines of the Spanish Civil War, where he was working as an aid worker, meager rations were not enough. The single cup rationed to weary refugees once a day during wartime was not enough for West. Instead, he thought it would be better to give refugees a cow, rather than a cup of milk.

Since then, Heifer International has worked to bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. After finding a family in these areas, Heifer International will train them and help them learn how to care for their animals and create crops. The animals are partners with food and reliable income, as products like milk, eggs, and honey can be traded or sold at market.


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