May 2 was a cold day in Oklahoma as the national land judging contest caravan of cars headed south to Amber, Okla. It was 40 degrees F, with a 40 mile per hour wind and some sleet. But it was nothing compared to what the people who lived there would experience just a few weeks later.
The historic tornadoes slammed into places where many of the out-of-town soil judgers visited. If it wasn't a tornado, it was large hail that pelted other areas around Oklahoma City.
Benton Central FFA members from Benton County were in Oklahoma that week, and won the national 4-H land judging and national 4-H homesite contest. It was their second national land judging title in three years.
While they were coached by Charity Amor, a math teacher at Benton Central, the FFA advisor is Amanda Mullins. She says that when the kids heard about the devastation, they began asking questions about how they could help.
"My kids came to me wanting to know what they could do to help," Mullins says. They found out that Moore had an FFA chapter and wanted to help them."
Working through the state ag education office in Oklahoma, Mullins found the right connection and best way to help Moore FFA. Currently, most chapter members there don't have anywhere to store food, cleaning items or personal things, and may not for some time. They also lost their animals and crops.
What they need is either money or gift cards, Mullins says. So the Benton Central FFA is collecting monetary donations or gift cards to restaurants, gas chains or national chain stores like WalMart and Target, Lowes, Home Depot or even just Visa gift cards.
Mullins challenges other FFA chapters to donate. However, you can also donate on your own. If you're sending a check, make it out to Benton Central FFA, or directly to Moore FFA. Send what you can to Benton Central FFA, 4121 East, 300 South, Oxford, IN 47971.
Benton Central hopes to deliver the assistance within the next few days, so please act quickly.