Spirit of Giving Back Displayed at S.D. Farm Bureau Centennial Convention
Volunteers from across the state cut and tied 100 blankets during the recent South Dakota Farm Bureau Centennial Convention held in Sioux Falls and donated the tie-blankets to a local hospital. Members of the SDFB Women’s Leadership Team (WLT) and Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Committee made the fleece blankets to benefit others in honor the organization’s 100th year.
“When the opportunity was discussed for the WLT and YF&R to partner on a project creating 100 blankets for 100 years of SDFB, we knew it was a great idea,” said Bekah Ihnen YF&R co-chair. “The blankets will be shared with local hospitals to help comfort a sick child with a blanket made with love.”
In addition to the blankets, the group will also be donating children’s books to share with the young patients.
“We wanted to have a project at the Centennial Convention that everyone could participate in as time allowed,” said Shawn VanderWal, WLT member, who led the session. “This seemed like a perfect fit and allowed SDFB to continue showing that spirit of giving back to our communities.”
Over the past year, SDFB also donated over $180,000 to local community projects during the SDFB Centennial Community Initiative.
More information about WLT and the YF&R organizations can be found by visiting www.sdfbf.org.