Mitchell Co. farmer gives to Gentiva Hospice

Published 6:55 pm Friday, February 27, 2015

Gentiva Hospice

From left: Ann Humphrey, Gentiva Hospice social worker, Angie Clark of Gentiva Hospice; Clay Smith, son of Ricky Smith; Bonnie Smith, wife of Ricky Smith; Sammy Smith, son of Ricky Smith; Kathy Smith, Sammy’s wife; Jason Pittman, Monsanta Representative; Keith Trawick, Getniva Hospice branch director; and Ron McCaskill, Bereavement Coordinator of Gentiva Hospice. — Powell Cobb

The Gentiva Hospice Foundation has received a $2,500 donation from Mitchell County farmer Richard Smith and America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The donation will help the organization fund Camp I Believe, a children’s bereavement camp, in late July 2015.
“They took great care of my father, who had several strokes,” said Smith, “I wanted to show them support and thanks for all they’ve done.”
For five years, America’s Farmers Grow Communities has collaborated with farmers to donate over $16.5 million to over 7,300 community organizations across rural America. This year winning farmers will direct another $3.3 million to nonprofits to help fight rural hunger, purchase life saving fire and EMS equipment, support ag youth leadership programs, buy much needed classroom resources, and so much more.
America’s Farmers Grow Communities is part of the America’s Farmers initiative. Since 2010, the America’s Farmers campaign and programs have advocated on behalf of farmers and their efforts to meet society’s needs through agriculture. Today, consumers are more interested than ever in agriculture and how food is grown. Consider joining the conversation and helping to raise awareness about agriculture. Learn more at
A sister program in the America’s Farmers effort, Grow Rural Education, is currently in its farmer nomination phase. Farmers interested in supporting math and science education in their communities should visit from now through April 1 to learn how.

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