There are two things that I have learned to count on that always will occur no matter how much the events and people around me change. No matter what one tries to do to stop it, time never will stand still.

And whether it’s going out to dinner as a family to celebrate a birthday or attending a high school football game to cheer on the home team, some sort of monetary amount will be required for the food and entertainment services.

Sadly, it seems that some organizations will charge for just about anything, if it will make them a dollar. An example of this would be the amount of school fundraisers that students are given every year and told to take home so that mom and dad also can work to sell candles and gift wrap, for example.

I have to admit that I am a sucker when it comes to purchasing Girl Scout cookies because not only does the money go to teaching the girls how to become confident leaders, but those Thin Mint cookies are delicious.

However, all of the fundraisers, on top of the cost of everyday living and the fact that, contrary to popular belief, money doesn’t grow on trees, can be overwhelming, as well as a strain on a person’s wallet, especially when someone participates in a fundraiser or donates to a worthy organization, but does not see their contribution being put to good use.

That is why I have and always will be a supporter of the Indiana FFA Foundation, as well as the National FFA. The experiences I had during my time in FFA helped shape me into the person I am today — along with teaching me the value of never building a house on a floodplain.

While, in my opinion, I never truly will be able to pay FFA back for the countless memories I have that will last me a lifetime, whenever I have the opportunity, I make a donation, whether time or financial, to the group, so that hopefully my small contribution will greatly impact the life of another FFA member.

It’s easy for one to just not donate because they assume someone else will, but with more than 10,000 members in the Indiana FFA alone, every bit of generosity from people who believe in the future of agriculture helps.