According to its website, Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth. The group focuses on providing animals because they provide sustainable food, including milk, eggs, honey and milk byproducts.
In addition, the group said it believes in giving breeding animals, so that the donations will multiply. One of the cornerstones for the group is called “passing on the gift,” a philosophy that ensures more than one family will benefit from a gift.
Powers said he thinks that he will continue offering the challenge to the Cooperstown seventh-graders.
“The kids really enjoy it, and I get something out of it, too,” he said. “It is a kind of feel good thing.
“The thing I was telling the kids is, it is completely altruistic. You don’t just walk down the street and see what you have done. You are giving money to someone you will never know, but you will know in your heart that you have done something to completely change someone’s life.”