The Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift: Passing On Her Generosity

Gifts of animals from Heifer International bring special joy and long-lasting impact

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (April 23, 2012) – Your mother comforted you after every nightmare and treated every cut and scrape. She taught you right from wrong and helped you become a capable, caring person. On Mother’s Day, an animal from Heifer International, more than any other gift, will show her that her mothering mattered and that her values live on.

A Heifer International gift of livestock can be life-changing for another mother elsewhere in the world. Animals provide milk, eggs and meat for nutrition, as well as benefits like plough power. Surplus products can be sold to provide money for school, medical supplies and other necessities. Heifer International also provides training that enables families to make the best use of the resources they’re given.

So give the smart gift this Mother’s Day. Let your mom know that her ideals are making a difference in the world. Heifer International has been a beloved hunger charity since 1944, and has helped millions of people become self-reliant.

A shareable infographic available from Heifer International shows that in 2010, Americans spent $13.6 billion on Mother’s Day.  $1.9 billion of that was spent on perishable flowers. However, the majority of mothers surveyed say that what they really want for Mother’s Day is “well-behaved kids.” The sweet gesture of a Heifer animal gift may be just the reward she desires.

A gift of a sheep for $120 will provide wool, milk and meat for a family for years to come. In addition, that family is required to Pass On the Gift of the animal’s first offspring to another needy family, so the gift continues to multiply.

You can warm your mom’s heart this Mother’s Day by presenting her with a beautiful honor card from Heifer International, letting her know that a donation in her name is helping another mother put dinner on the table for her children.

About Heifer International:
Heifer’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. Since 1944, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in 40 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant.  For more information, visit or call 1-800-696-1918.