Grayson County students orchestrate Meals on Wheels fundraiser
DENISON, Texas (KTEN) — A student-organized livestock show raised thousands of dollars for Meals on Wheels Texoma.
Two Future Farmers of America members put together the swine jackpot for a cause at Loy Lake Park in Denison on Sunday, bringing in participants from all over Texas, and a few from across the Red River in Oklahoma.
"We're young agriculturists giving back to our community and advocating for our industry, as well as giving back to a great organization," explained Howe High School student Camryn Craddock, who — along with Starlyn Schnitker from S&S High School — teamed up to plan the Drivin' for Meals on Wheels event in which FFA and 4-H Club members showed off their pig-handling skills.
"We've been planning this for forever... like months and months," Schnitker said. "We just went through so many things. We went around Grayson, and went and found sponsors, and we just spent time organizing everything."
All proceeds from the event — just over $6,000 — went to the Texoma division of Meals on Wheels, which delivers food to senior citizens.
Meals on Wheels CEO Greg Pittman was impressed with the effort.
"Over 1,500 seniors depend on our services, and we provide over half support with local donations," he said. "This event — for a first-time event — raised maybe three times the amount we've ever raised at an event like this. So, I mean, it's absolutely amazing."
Each handler was judged based on how well they controlled and directed their pig, instead of the pig itself.
The 115 competitors ranged in age from kindergarteners to high school seniors.