Many 4-H clubs do community service projects throughout the year, but at Christmas time, they are especially busy with community service.
Many 4-H clubs do community service projects throughout the year, but at Christmas time, they are especially busy with community service. Some of the activities that local 4-H clubs are doing are collecting canned goods and donating money for the food pantry or food baskets; purchasing tag tree (Angel tree) gifts for children who might not otherwise have a nice Christmas; taking Christmas cards, homemade ornaments, hot chocolate mix, and cookies to area nursing homes, senior citizen apartments, and the elderly in their homes, and visiting while there; ringing the Salvation Army bell; Christmas caroling and presenting programs; donating coloring books, toys, blankets, and clothes to area hospitals’ pediatrics departments; taking cookies and candy to nurses at the hospitals; donating to a local toy drive; having a float in a Christmas parade; and much more.
There are currently 20 separate 4-H clubs in Fulton County, spread out over the entire county. To be in 4-H this program year, youth must be age 8 to 18 as of Sept. 1, 2017.
The 4-H pledge reads, “I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world.” Service to others has always been an important part of 4-H, and it continues to be so.
For more information on the 4-H Program in Fulton County, call the University of Illinois Extension Office at 547-3711.