FFA members turn elves during annual campaign

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For Crothersville High School senior Kaitlyn Hoevener, Christmas isn’t about how many presents she gets to open or how much holiday ham she can eat.

It’s about seeing the joy, excitement and gratitude on people’s faces when she and other members of the school’s FFA chapter knock on their door and present them with boxes of food and wrapped toys.

“It’s fun to see their reactions,” Hoevener said. “I like helping them.”

For 24 years, FFA members in this small community have organized the toy and food drive to provide a merrier Christmas for less-fortunate families and the elderly in the area.

On Saturday, students joined the Crothersville-Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Department to deliver this year’s bounty, including more than six tons of food and enough toys to make Santa jealous.

“We’re helping 96 families this year,” junior Mason Lemen said proudly of the work the club has done. “It’s good to know that we are helping so many people in the community.”

Lemen has been a member of FFA for three years and said he likes having an opportunity to give back through the club.

“You know you are doing the right thing,” he said of volunteering. “We want to let people know we are here to help. We are here for the good of the community.”

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