The 4-H pledge says, “I Pledge My Hands to Larger Service,” and that is just what Clinton County 4-H Federation members did when they organized the Veterans We Care Project this spring. The 4-H Federation members collected personal care items such as deodorant, denture adhesive, combs, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shaving cream, shampoo, feminine hygiene, disposable razors, lotion, Chap-stick and reading glasses for the VA St. Louis Health Care System.
The members chose the St. Louis location because that is where most of the Clinton County Veterans go for medical treatment. The items were collected during March and April at the Beckeymeyer Legion, Aviston Legion, Germantown Library, Breese Library and the Extension office. Members also attended several American Legion meetings resulting in $800 in donations from Aviston Legion & Sons of Aviston Legion, Beckeymeyer Legion, Sons & Auxiliary as well as Germantown Sons of American Legion and Kaskaskia College Cosmetology Class.
The 4-H Federation members delivered boxes of supplies, $250 in gas cards, $250 in grocery gift cards, $300 cash donation and visited patient rooms with care packages, thanking the veterans for their service to our country and wishing them well. Many of the veterans’ faces lit up with smiles to see the young people doing such a great deed. While visiting the members met several families from our surrounding area and they were all extremely grateful that members made the trip to brighten their day.
This is the fourth service project the 4-H Federation members have completed during the 2016-2017 4-H year. In the fall, they collected food for local food banks. In December they adopted a family that has a child with cancer. March kicked off the Veterans project, and in April they hosted a County Wide Egg Hunt. The 4-H Federation members are an outstanding group of youth that understand the true meaning of, “hands to larger service.”