It was bright, sunny and the perfect day to visit Hurricane Harbor, but instead of wearing swimsuits and sunscreen, FFA members from across the Lone Star State were wearing white T-shirts and aprons. The Day of Service had arrived. Over 400 members and advisors volunteered their time at five different locations in the Dallas area serving over 3,000 meals.
Day of Service began when an idea sparked a fire that would change thousands of lives in just a few days. Six years ago, Hannah Treptow, former Weimar FFA member chose to fulfill the last line of the FFA motto, “Living to Serve,” by beginning a service project that continues each year. What started out as 48 members in a warehouse has grown into 418 members serving meals and volunteering at the Salvation Army, North Texas Food Bank, Dallas Temple Summer Camp, Garland Corps Community Center and Mission Arlington. Over the course of two days, members from across the state came together to give back to the convention host community.
Attending her last convention as an FFA member in 2012, Treptow passed down the torch to fellow Weimar FFA member, Emily Koenig. During the past year, Koenig searched for ways that members could assist the Dallas community. “We were looking for the best possible way we could give back to the community, so we contacted several different organizations that we could possibly serve,” says Koenig.
“It was an incredible experience being able to impact so many people who are less fortunate than us,” says Jeb Hogan of the Franklin FFA. Another successful Day of Service ended with the improvement of countless lives members touched over the two days.