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Felton 4-H December Community Service

Felton 4-H December Community Service

By  Michaela Crill, Reporter


December is always a big month for Felton 4-H's community service. One of our favorite venues is the Rebele Family Homeless Shelter. This year, several members from our club visited the shelter twice to help with holiday festivities. On November 18th, we arrived to make place mats along side the children who lived there. We created, designed, and set up many decorations, all while learning about and encouraging the kids.

On December 13th, nearly the entire club marched through several neighborhoods in Ben Lomond right alongside a fire engine from the Ben Lomond Fire Department. At every lit house, the entire company stopped and sang a classic Christmas carol, before asking for a donation of canned goods for Valley Churches United. It was a great turnout, we collected hundreds of pounds of food!

During one Craft Project meeting, Felton 4-H members decorated small gift bags to give to senior shut-ins.  Using pens, stamps, and stickers, the younger members happily channeled their creativity to serve their community. We decorated 50 bags to fill with yummy cookies.We also wrapped and decorated boxes in which to deliver goodies.

For the second year in a row, Felton 4-H used a scavenger hunt game in which kids were invited to search their local area for items to be given to the kids at Rebele Family Shelter. The list contained 100 individual items to collect. A carload of stuff was delivered to the shelter with the Landes family collecting the most items!

On Christmas Eve, some of the animal-loving 4-Hers brought their pets to the Rebele Family Homeless Shelter to put on a petting zoo for the children there. We brought along a reindeer (a pony dressed up with tassels, ribbons, and soft felt horns), a bunny, a baby goat, and several tame chickens. The kids had a blast playing with all the animals and riding the pony, and we can't wait to go back next year!