Cherokee Nation supports Chelsea FFA toy drive

December 4, 2018

(L-R) Cherokee National Treasure Tommy Wildcat, Tribal Councilor Keith Austin, Chelsea FFA president Courtney Jinkens, FFA reporter Keely Potteiger and sponsor Travis Jinkens.(L-R) Cherokee National Treasure Tommy Wildcat, Tribal Councilor Keith Austin, Chelsea FFA president Courtney Jinkens, FFA reporter Keely Potteiger and sponsor Travis Jinkens.

CLAREMORE, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Keith Austin gave $1,500 to the Chelsea High School FFA to help with the group’s annual toy drive.

Austin presented the check to Chelsea FFA sponsor Travis Jinkens, president Courtney Jinkens and reporter Keely Potteiger during a special District 14 community partner appreciation breakfast Monday at Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs.

“The Chelsea FFA group is such an inspiration to the community. I am so happy to be a small part of what they are doing for the kids of their town,” Austin said. “Thanks to their efforts, dozens of kids who might not have had gifts will now have something to open Christmas morning, and that is so wonderful.”

Jinkens said the donation is a blessing to their group and the community. Last year, Chelsea FFA served 95 families through their toy drive.

“We want to thank the Cherokee Nation for stepping up and graciously offering a donation to help with the purchase of toys for the families we will serve,” Jinkens said.

The donation was made from Austin’s community assistance funds.