Maxwell FFA members collected several toys, canned goods, and other tiems for needy families this holiday season.

For the past three weeks, the Maxwell FFA chapter has collected dozens of canned food items, winter coats, toys, and dog and cat food.

“Because our community gives so much to our organization, we wanted to give back to those who are in need,” said Maxwell FFA Chapter President Grace Waddell.
Although several organization throughout Colusa County collect and donate items during

the holiday season, the Maxwell FFA has put a personal touch on the giving project.
“This year we went up to the Mendocino National Forest and cut down Christmas tree’s for families who didn’t have one,” said Maxwell FFA Member Jilliann Wilson. “And we personally delivered them.”

In addition to providing a Christmas tree, the FFA chapter collected holiday lights, ornaments, and tree stands for the family.

“Seeing the smiles on the kids faces is what giving is all about,” said Wilson.

Additionally, the Maxwell FFA hosted a ‘giving tree’ where Maxwell Elementary Students wrote a wish list and an item from the list was collected or purchased. The toys were then wrapped and delivered by the officer team and AG teacher, Jared Meyers.

“The students of Maxwell High School were determined to give back to the community that has gave so much to them,” said Meyers.

Canned food items and winter coats were donated to Impact Thrift Store in Colusa, and the blankets with various dog and cat treats were donated locally in Maxwell. “Kids and families aren’t the only ones in need during the winter months,” said Maxwell FFA Member Hannah Azevedo, “We chose to also donate blankets and food for lost, misplaced or stray animals that are in need.”

Maxwell FFA has organized this type of event for several years. Its a tradition they hope will last for many years to come.■