In the spirit of giving, Prowers County 4-H members participated in a community service put on by the 4-H county council officer. This year 4-H members assisted in putting together twenty-four fleece blankets for Lamar and Holly nursing home residents. The members also designed Christmas cards to give to each resident who received a blanket. The blankets were completed in record time by nine members, so there was even time for holiday games.
The members had the opportunity to meet a former 4-Her at the nursing home and give him one of the blankets that they had made. He said it was amazing how 4-H had come full circle for him and he shared some of his favorite 4-H memories with a few of the kids. Other residents were happy to see the 4-H members and shared bits of their wisdom in exchange for the blankets. It was a heartwarming experience to see the collaboration of young and old, even if it was for a short time.
Since it is the season of giving, southeast area extension encourages you to reach out to all those far and wide. There are so many programs that occur during the holidays to help those in need. However, your giving does not have to be that complex. Reach out to the elderly neighbor or a student in a classroom and let them know that you are thankful for them and they always have a shoulder to lean on. A friend can be the largest gift of all. Enjoy the holidays and Merry Christmas from Southeast Area Extension