BLANCHESTER — Blanchester FFA collects cans, cash and boxed donations every year to help families in our community in honor of Glenn Thompson. We collect these items from Putman all the way to the high school from Dec. 13-20.
Every day FFA members collected these items from classrooms in all schools. We collected $2,476 in cash donations, 3,157 canned items, and $4,054.50 with all the total items.
Starting on a Thursday, members began going to the old shop to assemble boxes — a total of 180 boxes. After this we started separated the cans into certain fruits, vegetables, and starches. Then members started to pack boxes. We divided the category of food to be able to serve are 90 families.
We then spent a day putting the donations in the boxes. Each family received two full boxes of food from the community’s donations. And with the cash donations, FFA members were able to buy ham, eggs, bread, pie, butter, and whipped topping in addition to what they had gotten from can and boxed donations.
On Saturday, Dec. 22, members of the community started to pass out boxes to the families starting at 9 a.m. So many people came out to help support the FFA in getting the boxes out to our wonderful families. People packed truck beds and cars full of boxes, and headed out to deliver. We were able to get it done in an hour-and-a-half!
It was amazing the support that our community gives! Thank you to all the people who donated, and spent their Saturday morning delivering boxes. The Blanchester FFA hopes everyone had a merry Christmas and happy new year. See you in 2020!