The holiday season is upon us and that usually means the peak of giving season is upon us as well. The holidays and giving back have always had a distinct correlation which I think is great, but I also believe that giving back to your community should happen during every season.
On the same note, I think it is important for everyone to be involved in their community not just pig farmers. It is especially important for pig farmers to be involved in their community so that we can show our support for our neighbors that we live and work around. At the end of the day, it all boils down to showing our neighbors that We CareSM.
A lot of the ways that my family and I give back to our community is by regularly donating to our local church. Our church, St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, is a pillar of our community and we donate our time at events and weekly at mass to ensure that it remains a strengthening part of the town. The church is such a big part of who our town is, donating allows us to put on events and give to families who need it most.
In addition, we help coach various teams when we can. My Dad and I help coach some of our school’s FFA contest teams and my uncle Myron volunteers a lot of time helping coach archery for local schools. Any way we can help the youth of our community to grow and work towards a goal is something pretty special.
One of my favorite programs that pig farmers across the U.S. are involved in is Hams Across America. The idea behind Hams Across America is that pig farmers can show we care by donating a ham to local food pantries, fire stations, police stations, or anywhere that deserves to see the giving spirit. Hams Across America is a great way for pig farmers to not only share the phenomenal product that they raise but more importantly give back to the people around them.
Pig farmers have a history of giving back to their communities and I know that I strive to keep up that tradition by being involved within my own community. We are only as strong as our community and the people that we share it with. Showing that We Care is one way to strengthen our bond and make us better pig farmers and better people.