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FFA Providing ‘Truckloads’ of Support

Corn Drives

In the mid-1950’s, an FFA chapter from Freeborn, MN took to local corn fields to ask farmers if they could pick up corn after a damaging storm. These FFA students walked the fields picking up corn; they sold this corn and donated the proceeds to Camp Courage. This very first corn drive raised $90 for camp. Since that first chapter and first corn drive, over 80 chapters have joined the “Corn Drive for Camp Courage,” and turned that $90 into a 60 year tradition and over $5.5 million donated to our camps, where children and adults with disabilities attend camp, make friends, learn new skills and have fun.

Evolution of the Corn Drive
Last year, 61 Chapters of the MN and WI FFA took part in the Corn Drive for Courage. This number continues to increase as more and more chapters learn about camp and the impact their donations have on children and adults with disabilities. There are different ways chapters can participate in the fundraiser. Some still physically collect the corn from farmers and sell it at a local grain elevator. Others set up a table at a local elevator to accept donations as farmers come to sell their corn. FFA Chapters without corn to sell conduct other fundraiser activities including other grain drives, battery drives, dessert auctions, fruit sales and flower sales.

History of True Friends, Camp Courage and the FFA

Over the past 60 years, True Friends and Camp Courage have had the great joy of working with hundreds of FFA students and advisors and these students are bright, dedicated and hard-working. The Minnesota FFA has an amazing history of philanthropy towards Camp Courage. The FFA motto is: Learning to Do, [...]

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Camp Eden Wood Wins EP Givers Award

Along with a $5,000 grant to support camper scholarships, Camp Eden Wood was awarded the 2015 EP Givers Award. The award, won by public votes, gives True Friends – Camp Eden Wood $2,000 in public service advertising with the Eden Prairie News. We talked with Mary Beth, a member of our development team, and Ed Stracke, our President and CEO about the award and our work in the Eden Prairie community:

EP Givers Win Thank YouWhat do you think is True Friends’ biggest contribution to the Eden Prairie community?
Mary Beth: We provide unique, life-changing therapeutic enrichment services for individuals who have few such opportunities, and it’s right in Eden Prairie. Offering ready access to day camps and respite weekends offers a crucial break to families. Camp Eden Wood (CEW) is also a community resource, housing community events, school groups and corporate volunteer opportunities.

What does it mean to True Friends to be recognized for our efforts in the community?
Mary Beth: For many years, we kept hearing from community members that they had no idea CEW was in Eden Prairie! With a significant place in Minnesota’s history and many years’ experience providing unique and beneficial programs for people with disabilities, we want everyone to know who we are and what we do for the community!

What will the advertising dollars do for True Friends?
Mary Beth: The advertising dollars will greatly increase awareness of our services and inform Eden Prairie families of availability of diverse programs and fee assistance.

Do you have any comments on the other nominees and their work?
Ed: Eden Prairie is a great community. I was amazed at how many [...]

Supporter’s Spotlight: FFA

Alumni Conference and Board Meeting

Many blue FFA jackets were on the Camp Courage grounds recently! The group’s alumni, board members and advisors gathered for their annual board meeting. Meeting at Camp Courage makes perfect sense, given their history of amazing support for camp. The FFA has supported Camp Courage and True Friends for the past 60 years and has helped to construct buildings and provided financial scholarships to help campers in need. The Speech Therapy building was originally built by the FFA and this past weekend a handful of FFA alumni and advisors were given a tour to showcase the building.

History of True Friends, Camp Courage and the FFA

Over this 60 year time period, True Friends and Camp Courage have had the great joy of working with hundreds of FFA students and advisors and these students are bright, dedicated and hard-working. The Minnesota FFA has an amazing history of philanthropy towards Camp Courage. The FFA motto is: Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve. That last portion, “Living to Serve,” is what drives them to give back to their community.

Corn Drives

In 1964, an FFA chapter from Freeborn, MN took to local corn fields and asked the farmers if they could pick up the corn after a damaging storm. These FFA students walked the fields picking up corn; they sold their corn and donated the proceeds to Camp Courage. This very first corn drive raised $87 for camp. Since that first chapter and first corn drive, over 80 chapters have joined the “Corn Drive for Courage,” and turned that $86 into a 60 year tradition and over $5.5 million donated [...]

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