EHS FFA members spread Christmas cheer

FFA members from the Elkins High School Chapter created and delivered fruit baskets and poinsettias to local nursing homes, wrapped presents for Tiger Express and got to meet the WVU Mountaineer.

This is the second year FFA Sentinel Abbie Williams delivered care baskets to the nursing homes. “Seeing the smiles we brought to some of the residents’ faces made me feel good about what we did,” she said. “I did it because I enjoy it.”

“I’m glad that I did the nursing home delivery it felt good to see the elders’ faces light up when we brought them the baskets,” said first year member Kris Cooper, “I think that if everyone chipped in, it would really make their day, I know it did mine.”

Wendy Thurston, agriculture teacher and an EHS FFA adviser, said, “When kids like these take their own time and go out of their way to serve their community, knowing they will get nothing more than smiles from it, it shows a depth of character that is sometimes rare.”

Members Emily White and Jimmy Jester brought in fruit for the baskets, and Dakota Pritt helped wrap them after school.

Thurston said, “And this is just one of the activities the FFA has done this season. We also adopted a little girl and little boy through the Tiger Express. The members will never know whom they made Christmas possible for, only that a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old had presents under the tree Christmas morning and a full dinner for the holidays.”

Jessica Rhodes, a first year FFA member, felt giving is what Christmas is all about. “I got to help families that didn’t think they would get anything for Christmas.” Some of the presents were big and some were small. “The most difficult thing to wrap was a teddy bear,” she added.

Many members brought in shoes, coats, socks, clothes and toys for the children. There were enough items to give to two other children added at the last minute to those in need.

“Just a couple hours wrapping presents and these children are guaranteed a great Christmas,” Dakota Pritt, FFA secretary said. “And I also thought it was very interesting to meet the Mountaineer and hear what he had to say about WVU.”

“Yeah, this time of year is not all giving to others for our members,” Thurston laughed. “We had a holiday dinner together and gift exchange, went bowling and skating with other FFA chapters in the region in Franklin, and some of them got to meet the WVU Mountaineer at the Randolph County Farm Bureau Annual Christmas Meeting and dinner.”

“The Mountaineer gets to travel all over,” said Lauren Owens, second year member, “and his gun is very cool.”