Most know Valentine’s Day as a day for love, chocolate, and cheesy cards, but for the Flagler County Cloverbud 4-H Club, it was a day to spread joy and cheer. This group of Cloverbuds spent time at their last club meeting making handmade Valentine’s Day cards and bouquets for the residents of Flagler Health and Rehabilitation Center. The children put their hearts into creating beautiful and colorful works of art, but the project was about more than just pretty pictures and flowers, it was about teaching the children the importance of community service and giving back to others.
Cloverbuds are 4-H members between the ages of 5 and 7, but do not let their age fool you – these young do-gooders are full of enthusiasm and ready to make a difference in their communities. Community service is a crucial part of the 4-H experience, and it is never too early to start teaching kids the value of giving back. By participating in community service projects, Cloverbuds learn empathy, kindness, and the satisfaction of making a positive impact on their communities.
Although we were not able to hand deliver the items we brought to the Flagler Health and Rehabilitation Center, the staff reported that the residents were absolutely delighted by the thoughtful gifts they received. The colorful bouquets and cards, made with love and care by our Cloverbuds, brought a much-needed touch of beauty and cheer to the residents’ rooms. This is exactly why we do what we do – to spread kindness and joy to those who need it most, and to teach the next generation the importance of giving back to their communities.
Community partnerships are what make service projects like this possible. We would like to extend a huge thank you to HQD Florist of Palm Coast for generously donating the flowers used to make the bouquets. Their donation not only helped us spread joy to others, but also taught our Cloverbuds the value of local partnerships.
Teaching community service to young children is a recipe for success – it helps them develop a sense of responsibility and purpose, and sets them on a path to becoming caring and engaged members of society. Here’s to our Flagler County 4-H Cloverbuds, small members making a big impact!