FFA corn drive a fun, helpful activity

The Spring Valley-Wykoff FFA members participating in the corn drive are, in front from left, Kensie Heusinkveld, Ryley Guy, Ashlyn Harwood and Rebekah Hansen. In the second row are Faith Lange, Alexys Harwood, Lydia Miller, Anika Reiland and Hannah Lange. In the third row are Emily Miner, Elijah Miller, Nolan Fetterly and Gavin Merkel. On top are Lucas Howard and Lucas Heusinkveld. SUBMITTED PHOTO
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A kernel of kindness goes so far.

“The Kingsland FFA corn drive is held to help the people of Camp Courage and the local food shelves,” explained Spring Valley-Wykoff FFA member Nolan Fetterly, sharing about the annual corn drive that FFA chapter members held last Thursday morning. The local FFA members gathered donations of corn and money to go toward supporting programs at Camp Courage in Maple Lake, Minnesota, where children and adults with disabilities may enjoy summer camp or retreats, and to go toward the local food shelves which are always appreciative of spare change to provide supplemental food for families in need.

FFA members drive to the farms of participating corn producers to receive cash donations or corn donations, said Fetterly, and once they return, any corn donations are sold to the local elevator.  The program is one that FFA advisor Kristal Brogan inherited as part of the chapter’s annual activities, and according to Fetterly, is a chance for the chapter’s membership to get out into the community to do community service. 

“It teaches them to communicate with people and the community,” he said.      

An average of 20 generous farmers participate in the drive each year, he added, and FFA members enjoy the day’s work. 

“We’d like people to know that the farmers who donate all did it as kids in FFA, and they know it’s going to a good place,” said Fetterly. “Everything about it is fun.  We look forward to getting out of school and helping the people at Camp Courage.”