Students raise money for livestock for needy families worldwide

Xavier Action club to donate $1,230 to Heifer International service organization | February 12, 2004

Student members of Xavier Action have raised $1,230 to help buy heifers, llamas, goats, sheep and other types of livestock for needy families around the world. They are donating the money to Heifer International, an organization that provides struggling families around the world a way to become self-reliant for food and income.

The organization plans to use the money raised by the students to buy one heifer, two shares of a water buffalo, five shares of a llama, three goats, four shares of sheep, two shares of a pig, one share of a goat, five flocks of chicks, three flocks of geese/ducks and one share of a rabbit.

Xavier Action, a student group that promotes and facilitates community service, worked with other campus organizations to raise funds, and decided to contribute to Heifer International for several reasons. First, the group knew that it was an organization that hadn't had a presence on campus, but that many people were familiar with.

"We knew trying to get people involved would be a risk, as it did not have a history with our students," says Betsy Hoover, a sophomore member of Xavier Action. "But around Christmastime it was a great way to introduce alternative gift giving."

Devaughan Moore, a junior member of Xavier Action, says that the group members also chose to benefit Heifer International because they support the organization's style of providing service. "After receiving the animals, each family must agree to give the second generation of livestock to another family in the community," he says. "It is consistent with 'Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.'"

Heifer International currently works in 47 countries and in 23 states in the United States. Through the gift of livestock and training, a family can obtain milk, eggs, wool and other income-producing means to feed, clothe and educate their children.

For more information, contact Xavier Action at 513 745-4343.