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Giving Christmas Cheer With FFA

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FFA Giving Tree at Ace Hardware

The FFA Giving Tree is an annual tradition where the FFA organization sets up trees in various places around Ripon in order to receive donations to give to those in need. The two tree locations are at Ace Hardware and Tractor Supply. These trees have tags on them which give the listings of less fortunate children’s Christmas wishes. Anyone is able to come to one of these trees to purchase gifts for these children. Once a gift is brought, it can be brought to the Fire Department, Tractor Supply, or the Ripon High Main Office for FFA to collect. When gifts are turned in, FFA wraps all of them to give to families to help them provide gifts for their children and loved ones. Gift drop-off started on Dec. 4 and will end on Dec. 18. A simple act like this can bring Christmas cheer to a family’s Christmas.

AG teacher, Mrs. Morino states, when asked what her favorite part of the Giving Tree is “that it gives our students an opportunity to give back to other kids and to help out families in need.”

It’s vital to help support families of those who aren’t as fortunate. Contributing to this amazing tradition can bring joy to not only the receiving families but also to you, knowing you are helping a family.

“It means our kids get the opportunity to help out other kids in our community whose families don’t have the ability to have the same Christmas our kids are used to,” Morino adds.

If you are looking to give back to the community, make sure to stop by an FFA Giving  Tree to help those who aren’t as fortunate.

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Sage Petersen, Journalist
Sage Petersen is a current sophomore at Ripon High School. This is her second year working with the Smoke Signal. She is looking forward to writing exciting articles and improving her overall writing. Sage is currently taking multiple honors classes as well as an AP class. Outside of school, Sage boards and rides her 2 horses at Barnwood Stables and also competes in barrel races. She enjoys spending most of her time at the barn or with her friends. After graduating high school, she plans to attend the University of Wyoming and study to become an equine veterinarian.

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