For years, the First Presbyterian Church of Pampa has been devoted to many charitable campaigns. As a child of the church, I was particularly moved by the efforts of the Heifer Project. Heifer is an organization with a goal to eradicate poverty by promoting self-reliance in families worldwide. Through donations, animals native to the region are purchased for a needy family to raise for nutrition, income, and hope, thus sharing the gift of life and generosity. Heifer’s mantra, “Give a man a fish, and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he eats for a lifetime,” has broadened my awareness of world concerns and shaped me into a more compassionate being.
Last January, my brother and I initiated a neighborhood-recycling campaign by collecting newspapers and aluminum cans monthly. The response has been overwhelming. With the proceeds from the four hundred pounds of aluminum cans collected in 2007, we purchased four animals with two hundred dollars through the Heifer Project. Our project has proven to be rewarding and is expanding not only on a local level, by encouraging recycling within our community, but also on a global level. “Peace begins when hunger ends!”