Making an Impact Through the Storm Relief Fund

After the tornado that went through the Utica area about a month ago, the Nebraska FFA Foundation decided we needed to help. Opening, what we refer to as the “Storm Relief Fund” was one of the fastest and most direct ways to help. The Foundation raised over $5,000 to support Ag Ed students/FFA members with SAEs affected by these disastrous storms.

What we didn’t know is that we’d need to support even more students and FFA chapters a little over a month later.

We can’t do that without your help.

We’re not exactly sure what needs are out there at this time, but we know there will be needs.

I’d like to invite you to keep reading to see what impact your funds had around the tornadoes that went through last May:

The Centennial FFA chapter raises pheasants as part of their agricultural education curriculum. When they get older, one of their students takes them home to finish raising them to be released. This student had invested several thousand dollars and many, many hours in labor building and working on his pheasant facility. He used this as his Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE). The Foundation will provide him with funds to help buy materials for a new structure and the Centennial FFA Alumni will be donating labor to help him rebuild.

Another student had beef and swine SAEs. His livestock survived, but he lost hay, mineral and feed because of the storms. He also had damage to his equipment. With your support, the Foundation was able to financially assist him in purchasing new supplies for this project.

When we originally heard about the damage and spoke with the FFA Advisor there, we had also heard that many FFA jackets were missing or damaged as well. And while that was definitely the case, when community members saw the jackets in the rubble, they came together to purchase jackets for the students themselves. It’s selfless acts like this that make me proud to be part of this Nebraska FFA family.

Our hearts are saddened as we see the videos and photos of yesterday’s storms in northeast Nebraska and hope that we can make a difference for some FFA members in that area as well.

You can donate to the Storm Relief Fund on the Nebraska FFA Foundation website. Click here to go there now and select “Storm Relief Fund” to make sure your support goes to FFA members affected by the storms.

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