Local Share Fair helps out those in need
As the economy continues to loom large over many local families impacting what they can and cannot afford, the Pinnacle Future Farmers of America wanted to do something to help out. With the thought of families sometimes struggling to get what they need for their families, the Pinnacle FFA worked closely with Price City and other entities to come up with a Share Fair event.
The event, held at the Price Elks Lodge, was coordinated in conjunction with Price City, the Price City Police Department and Fire Department along with many others to help gather items from the community including clothing for babies, young children and adults, diapers, toys and much more to donate to local families in need.
Tables filled with clothing lined the the room at the Elks Lodge which allowed people to go through to search around for what they needed. Earlier in the day before the event began, people in the community stopped by the Elks Lodge to drop off donated clothing and materials, according to Jason Butler, an advisor to the Pinnacle FFA.
Butler said the Pinnacle FFA members discussed at their regular meeting about three weeks what they could do to help out the community.
One of the suggestions in giving back was holding an event such as the Share Fair which helps with people donating unused or unneeded clothing and materials for families in the community who have a great need for them. After coming up with the idea, the group with worked with city entities, the Elks Lodge and others in getting the Share Fair event coordinated.
"That's the whole reason for holding this kind of event," Butler said of helping out families in the community. On the back of the FFA official handbook, one of the keys to a successful chapter is giving back to the community and helping give back in whatever way they can. The mission statement of the Future Farmers of America is "to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education."
Many members of the Pinnacle FFA attended the event helping bring in boxes of materials over the course of the day that were then displayed on the tables. Butler said the event saw many families come in soon after they opened the doors and continued to see a steady stream of people through the rest of the day. Butler estimated that about 300 people showed up during the six-hour event.
One of the keys to the event, Butler explained, was that the Pinnacle FFA did not benefit with getting money from those visiting the event. Butler said the group wanted to hold an event to bring together the community in helping each other out without the need for benefiting monetarily.
"All of the members of the Pinnacle FFA wanted to be a part of something like this which didn't require a lot of money to put on," Butler said. "The students displayed an ability to make a difference and had an opportunity to build up their leadership skills."
Not only was the event helping many families in the community, but it was also helping those who put on the event as well. Butler said he was pleased to see the skills members of the Pinnacle FFA developed in working with city entities and others during the course of planning and holding the event.
"We wanted to demonstrate how much of a difference these kids can make in the community," Butler said. "They really helped out a lot of families today."
With the success of their first Share Fair event, Butler said the Pinnacle FFA will explore the possibility of holding another event some time in the future.
"We'll definitely be looking to do this again some time," he said.