Once again, some of our Texas FFA chapters are making us all very proud as they agree to help raise awareness of hunger in rural Texas. Rivals on the football field, basketball court, and baseball diamond, students from Cisco, Eastland, Breckenridge, Blanket, and Comanche have joined forces outside the sporting arena to help make life easier for other Texans.
Underwritten by AgTexas Farm Credit and cosponsored by Comanche Electric Cooperative, the goal of the Tractor Drive is to raise awareness of hunger in rural Texas and to obtain contributions for our regional food banks. The drive has also partnered with local FFA chapters from Cisco, Eastland, Breckenridge, Blanket, and Comanche, and these chapters will be engaged in conducting fund raising efforts and events throughout the drive.
These schools are already in the process of organizing their own fundraisers. CECA will be having three hamburger/hot dog luncheons to raise awareness for this cause and to assist these Ag Departments in their fundraisers. The details for each of these luncheons are:
1.Eastland Office: October 28th 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (Cisco, Eastland and Breckenridge Ag Departments)
2. Comanche Office: October 29th 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM ( Comanche Ag Department
3. Heartland Mall Parking Lot: October 30th 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (Blanket Ag Department)
A John Deere 5045 Tractor has been donated to the cause, and will lead the tractor brigade as it marches into town. The school raising the most money per Ag student will win the tractor!
“At the CECA luncheon, we will have an actual tractor drive that will begin at the Blanket School and end at Heartland Mall. (The Comanche drive will start at Dudley Bros. The Eastland Drive will start in Cisco and end at our Eastland office.)
We encourage and invite any farmer and/or rancher who is able and willing to bring a tractor to please do so. The more tractors we have for the drive, the more attention we will get. The more attention we get, the more awareness we raise. The more awareness we raise, the more donations we receive. 100% of the donations will go to the Texas Food Bank Network in Abilene and will be earmarked for the counties in which they were raised. Therefore, all local donations will remain local and will benefit the local food banks.
“At our luncheons we will serve hamburgers, hot dogs, and all the fixins’. The luncheon will be free but we encourage donations to the cause. Anyone who cannot make the luncheon but would like to make a donation anyway can do so by dropping their donation off at any of our CECA offices. Receipts can be provided on request. Of course, since we are doing a live broadcast, if businesses wanted to make donations we could be sure and announce it during the event to give them some publicity.” -Shirley Dukes