The youth group of First Presbyterian Church in Newton raised more than $5,000 for a project through Heifer International.


The youth group of First Presbyterian Church in Newton raised more than $5,000 for a project through Heifer International. The group was recongized and the funds dedicated during the May 25 worship service at the church.

Last summer the youth took a trip with their sponsor, Michelle Coffman, to the Heifer Global Village in Arkansas. Inspired by what they learned, they returned with the resolve that the they would take on the project of raising $5,000 to give a Heifer “Ark” — many animals, two-by-two.

The youth surpassed their goal, raising $5,558. Of this, $500 was contributed by the Newton Rotary Club in memory of Ozzie Goering, a leading proponent of the Heifer Project who was instrumental in promoting the project in this area as well as in Kansas and the nation.

Dan West, an Indiana farmer and a Church of the Brethren educator, founded Heifer International in 1937 with a vision of peace and brotherhood to help impoverished people overcome hunger. West had volunteered as a relief worker during the Spanish Civil War. He had distributed supplies of powdered milk to hungry families. Rations quickly ran out, so relief was short-lived. He also observed that it undermined the dignity of those forced to rely on handouts. In 1944, farmers gathered heifers and sent them to needy families in Puerto Rico.

With this beginning, Dan West’s vision, “not a cup but a cow,” became a reality. The program has grown around the world and includes the furnishing of various types of animals which provide food, including chickens and bees, to peoples suffering from hunger.