Students in Rugby are on a Rescue Mission

An agency that has traveled the country rescuing animals from disaster situations such as hurricanes and floods, got some help from close to home today.
Local students made up dozens of dog toys to be donated to Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue.

“First you take your fabric and turn it inside out…”

Braden Knudtson is giving instructions on making simple toys for dogs.
But the work he and fellow FCCLA students were doing is intended to be anything but simple.

(Kearyn Nelsen, Leeds Sophomore) “We’re making dog toys for the Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue.”

“You just tie them together.”

The students tied up dozens of the toys for a group that rescues small and large – locally and far away in places like Texas and Florida following natural disasters.

(Kearyn Nelsen, Leeds Sophomore) “Talking to people and making new experiences and seeing different things and seeing different people’s perspectives.”

And it’s that kind of spirit that brings a couple hundred students from a eight area schools for their FCCLA district meeting. On this day, they heard a North Dakota man whose near-deadly car accident as a teen 

(Ben Hylden, Author) “I was given a 5% chance to live…”

turned his life around.

(Ben Hylden, Author) “When I was a kid, it used to be my greatest fear – speaking – and now this is what I do for a living.”

Hylden’s message is one of healing and hope – and it made sense for him to connect with a group like FCCLA.

(Ben Hylden, Author) “This is one of their values – community. And their value is family, and leadership. That’s kind of why they asked me to come because my story shows all those values.”

The FCCLA is the Family, Career, Community Leaders of America.

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