Members of the East Hampton Presbyterian Church really got into the Heifer spirit! Congregation members dressed up as a cow, rooster, bee, and bunny. From the East Hampton Presbyterian Church newsletter:
Can you think of a more appropriate day to kick off the Heifer Project than Mother’s Day? Heifer is all about mothers, mothers and their babies. Heifer mothers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes from tiny, little fish to...well, big mothers with udders like me. Have you ever seen a finer specimen?
The Heifer premise is simple: help people to help themselves in a sustainable way. Animals are given to families trained in their care and they reap the benefits of the animal’s gifts. Take me, I can produce one or two calves every year plus milk the family can drink and sell. Cows average 8 to 9 gallons of milk daily. What does an animal cost the family? They agree to give the first born to another family who then passes on the firstborn from their animal and so on. A heifer cow costs $500. Heifer is national and international; giving animals to folks all over the world including the U.S.
I’d like you to meet some of my sisters. Let me introduce you to the Queen Bee. She is the all star of motherhood. In the height of summer, a queen bee can lay up to 2,000 eggs a day. That’s a lot honey for a little money. Bees also preform the very important task of pollinating the flowers of many plants. Healthy beehives can double fruit and vegetable yields of small farms. A Heifer hive costs $30.
Meet Ms. Rabbit. She’s no slouch in the production department. A mother rabbit can have as many as 100 babies in a year. Because rabbits can have as many as six litters in a year, they quickly help Pass on the Gift, enriching the lives of an entire community. The Heifer rabbit package comes with two lady rabbits and one male for $60.
Our final guest is Mrs. Chicken’s husband. She is in the middle of brooding a nest of eggs so sent him as her representative. For $20, a Heifer gift of chickens provides a family with a starter flock of 10 to 50 chicks. A good hen can lay up to 200 eggs a year. So do the math on that one to figure out how many chickens you could end up with in a year!