The Valley's Presbyterian churches have again organized a walk in support of an organization that helps people out of poverty.

The fourth Heifer Hike, a five-mile walk through the Valley, will take off from the Athens Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, according to information from the churches.

The group will leave from the church, located at 622½ South Main Street, and travel north to the Waverly Presbyterian Church, located at Park and Pennsylvania avenues. The route will wind through the streets of Sayre and South Waverly on the group's way to Waverly.

The churches began organizing the walk in 2009 and have held it every year since, except for 2011 when the September flood washed out the event, organizers said.

Walkers raise money for Heifer International, an organization that purchases farm animals for families in need throughout the world. The organization also provides farm management, nutrition and environmental education. Heifer International will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2014, according to information from the organization.

The walk regularly raises around $2,000 for the organization and attracts between 30 and 50 walkers each year, organizers said. Donations have purchased cows, pigs, sheep and chickens for communities in need.

Walkers are encouraged to join the event Oct. 6, but donations are also welcome. For more information or to donate, call the Waverly Presbyterian Church at (607) 565-4034, the Sayre Presbyterian Church at (570) 888-2143 or the Athens Presbyterian Church at (570) 888-6728.

Amanda Renko can be reached at (570) 888-9652; or email: