Escambia County 4-H is in the giving mood. We are incredibly proud of the difference 4-Hers are making around the county and invite you to participate with them. Read more below about what we have going on and how you can get involved.
This year, 4-Hers are working with the Ronald McDonald House (http://www.rmhc-nwfl.org/RonaldMcDonaldHouse-Pensacola-Home.cfm) and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (https://www.stjude.org/) to provide encouragement and support to fellow youth and their families having difficulties this holiday season through a letter-writing campaign.
The Cool Clovers 4-H Club has been active cleaning up our beaches.
This year’s state 4-H service project is, “Clothing the World.” This is a project selected by the youth members of our Florida 4-H Executive Board State Project committee. The youth saw a need to provide for one of the most basic needs of people around the world- clothing. Clubs are encouraged to conduct their own clothes drives and volunteer with like-purposed charitable organizations to benefit their local communities. We will be taking donations of outerwear items (hats, gloves, socks, scarves, coats) for all ages until December 18th. Feel free to bring any items to the Langley Bell 4-H Center.
The 4-H Trailblazers Club is helping Escambia County Animal Shelter gather items to make raised beds as well as collecting blankets and sweatersfor shelter animals during cold weather months. Find out more about how you can help in this effort at https://www.facebook.com/events/1097471003626054/.
As part of Farm-City week, 700 families in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties received full Thanksgiving meals Tuesday — much of it locally grown — thanks to the efforts of local farms, food banks and hundreds of FFA and 4-H students. Students from Tate High School’s FFA chapter and local 4-H clubs helped with the Escambia County distribution for 300 families at the Waterfront Rescue Mission. Read more at http://www.northescambia.com/2015/11/farm-city-thanksgiving-meals-distributed-to-700-families
The Escambia County 4-H Horse Club has been hard at work to try and meet the needs of the holidays and people that need food. They have worked to fill the shelves of the food pantry at Allen Memorial Methodist Church over the past two months and have put in boxes and signs to help with the donations of food. They were able to collect over 6 hundred pounds of food and donated it to the pantry.
The Escambia County 4-H Horse club and many others have also worked hard collecting donations for the peanut butter challenge. Escambia County collected 969lbs of Peanut Butter to donate to area pantries and shelters.
Let us know what you are doing to help. We love to feature the needs in our community that we can all work on and how we can work together to serve.
Find out more about all that youth can do for their communities, through 4-H and with their families at http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/4hn/2015/10/16/growing-civic-engagement-through-4-h/.