The annual project is spearheaded by the youth who challenge the congregation to meet this goal, and sponsor a number of events towards the project.
One unique fund raiser is their gift wrapping service. Youth, parents, and sponsors welcome weary shoppers and wrap, bow, and tag their packages until they're beautifully tree-ready. This year's wrapping event raised well over 20% of the cost of the ark.
Many people also contributed to the effort by donating enough for a specific animal in someone's honor. Such donors received presentation cards and information about their selected animal and how it changes lives.
Until the goal is met the Heifer Ark, which was handmade by a member, will remain in the church ready to receive any donations. The congregation's team page is also available for online contributions.