There are a wide variety of mothers out there. Some are comforters, some teachers, some friends, some confidants. Sometimes the person you honor on Mother's Day isn't even technically your mother. If you were fortunate, your mom (grandmother, aunt, older sister) taught you right from wrong and helped you become a capable, caring person. This Mother's Day, an animal from Heifer International, more than any other gift, will show her–no matter who she is–that her mothering mattered and that her values live on in you.

Mother in the Philippines
Photo courtesy of Heifer International

A Heifer International gift of livestock can be life-changing for another mother somewhere else in the world. Animals provide milk, eggs and meat for nutrition, as well as benefits like draft power and wool. Surplus products can be sold to provide money for school, medical supplies and other necessities. Always, Heifer 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 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.

Go here to find the perfect Heifer gift for this Mother's Day.

Author

Brooke Edwards

Brooke Edwards is from Little Rock, Arkansas, and started working at Heifer International in 2009 as a writer. She has a master's in social work and a bachelor's degree in psychology. She is married, a mother of two, and a wannabe urban farmer, raising her own chickens and killing most of her vegetable crops.