Everton youth give to Heifer International

Children and youth from Everton UMC recently raised $820 to benefit the programs of Heifer International, a nonprofit organization that works with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.

Everton at Heifer RanchThe Rev. Dave Smith, the church’s pastor, said the memory of a past experience of giving to Heifer programs prompted the young people to start a new fundraising campaign. “They identified the need, formulated a plan and conducted the program to raise money for Heifer,” he said.

As a way to challenge church members to give, the kids developed a list of “assessments” for each week’s collection. One week they asked for 10 cents for every pair of shoes in members’ closets; another weeks was 25 cents for each TV in members’ homes. (When they assessed for the number of fishing poles, it hit Pastor Dave pretty hard.)

Five adults and three children from Everton UMC made the trip to the Heifer Ranch in Perryville over Spring Break, where they toured the ranch and presented their gift.

At right, Jaylee Freeman, Tel Potter and Ty Potter of Everton UMC present the church’s check to a Heifer Ranch representative.