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Service at its Best
Service at its Best

Imagine trying to evacuate your home to escape a raging wildfire at a moment's notice. How would you be able to bring all of your personal belongings and animals with you?

During the early stages of the King Fire in El Dorado County, CA, which to this date has burned tens of thousands of acres, the Ponderosa FFA Chapter has opened the gates of its school farm to welcome animals displaced by the evacuations of our surrounding communities. Many of these animals had to be rescued after families were rushed out of their homes at a minutes notice.  Advisors, students and parents of the Ponderosa FFA Chapter have been helping tend to goats, sheep, pigs and an assortment of over 200 chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys.

This is not the only time that the Ponderosa FFA Chapter has stepped forward to help its community during a fire evacuation recently. It also used its facilities to help house displaced animals during the Sand Fire in Amador and El Dorado Counties, CA during August of 2014. At that time our chapter cared for a few cattle, about 60 goats and lambs, 20 pigs, a few flocks of chickens and about 75 dogs and cats that were rescued from homes and properties that were consumed by the Sand Fire. Helping the community is a top priority for the Ponderosa FFA Chapter and these fires have been an incredible display of servant leadership from our fire fighters, law enforcement, community members and Ponderosa FFA members, showing that serving others is important not just when it is scheduled and we have time for it, but most valuable when our fellow community members are in need of it.