FFA members visit senior community members for bingo and conversation.
On Friday, Dec. 15, thirty-seven Sleepy Eye FFA members did what they do best—serve our community by setting up a Bingo Event at the Sleepy Eye Care Center and Countryside Retirement Community.
Since the beginning of the school year, 59 FFA members have been making cards each month for 79 “senior” residents in the community, through the Adopt-a-Senior Program. These residents live at the Sleepy Eye Care Center, Countryside Retirement Community, and Divine Providence.
The purpose of this project is to help members connect with a different generation and learn to appreciate the relationships they can make. FFA strives to help youth give more of themselves to others, serve their community through programs such as this and teach them the benefits of their actions.
On Friday, many of the students who write letters to a senior ventured out to play bingo with and meet the seniors that they write to at Countryside and the Care Center. Members called the numbers, helped the residents play bingo, and handed out the Christmas prizes the FFA purchased.
Members said it was a great time and was fun to get to know more people and hear their stories. All the members left with smiles on their faces. Many students got to meet their resident pen pal and talk to them in person. This program will continue to thrive and grow with the Sleepy Eye FFA throughout the year, and future years as well.