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Elgin FFA
Elgin FFA Chapter Officers donate 60 bags to chemo patients. In the front, from the left, are Hope Cunningham, Blakley Howard, Jacque Barfield. In the back, from the left, are Brook Langford, Shawn Hilliary and Advisor John Lastly.
Elgin FFA Chapter Officers donate 60 bags to chemo patients. In the front, from the left, are Hope Cunningham, Blakley Howard, Jacque Barfield. In the back, from the left, are Brook Langford, Shawn Hilliary and Advisor John Lastly.

At the January meeting of the Elgin FFA chapter, members plan to assemble “Chemo Bags” to donate to cancer patients in the area. This annual activity came about when last year’s chapter officer team saw an opportunity to lift up community members.

“Almost everyone has been affected by cancer in one way or another.” Blakley Howard, chapter vice president said. “Cancer treatment is an agonizing process that can take quite some time. We figured if we were able to make the process just a little less uncomfortable for the patients, it would definitely be worth it.”

With donations from FFA Members, high school students and community members, the chapter hopes to fill no less than 60 bags to be donated to the Leah M. Fitch Cancer Center in Lawton.

“This year we are partnering with the Elgin FCCLA to maximize the donations,” Howard said. “While we feel we will be able to accomplish our goal with the two organizations, we are asking the community for help as well.” Donations of personal tissue packs, puzzle books, journals, Chapstick, etc. can be made in the Agricultural Education Building at Elgin Public Schools.

The Elgin FFA Chapter is a successful program within Elgin Public Schools, with more than 100 members from the eighth to the twelfth grades.