Victims of the March 2012 tornadoes that struck southern Indiana said they were so thankful for the people that showed up to help. People they didn't even know were picking rubbish out of victims' fields and lending a hand. Some drove three hours just to get there to help.
It's likely victims of the recent tornado in Oklahoma would have the same to say, but you may not be able to go to Oklahoma personally and pick rubbish out of fields or help reconstruct buildings. But you can donate money or gift cards that can help people get back on their feet.
The Benton Central FFA Chapter recently announced plans to raise money for the Moore FFA. Then the Benton Central FFA advisor, Amanda Mullins, found another chapter, Carney, that needed help. Members of this chapter were also hit by the storms, but since the devastation wasn't quite as severe, they weren't getting the publicity that could lead to help – yet they have needs too.
Mullins talked directly with Preston Jenkins, Carney FFA advisor, last week.
"He was so grateful and humbled by our efforts when I told him we would help," Mullins says.
Members of the Carney chapter can use agricultural supplies, such as fencing, to repair what was damaged but not totally destroyed. Mullins says they will pool monetary donations and send money for use at the local farm store so they can repair, clean up and replace what is need by local chapter members. Mullins talked directly to someone at the local farm store to make the arrangements. It's an Indiana to Oklahoma connection.
To help as a chapter, group or individual, you can send monetary donations or gift cards to Benton Central FFA. You can write checks either to Benton Central FFA, Moore FFA or Carney FFA directly. Benton Central hopes to forward the donations yet this week or early next week, so please act quickly.
Send donations to Benton Central FFA, 42341 East, 300 South, Oxford, IN 47971. You can contact Mullins at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 812-686-6242.