FOCUS ON 4-H

4-Hers organize book and game drive

By Chrissy Karrer | Published Wednesday, November 7, 2012

If you look on the Texas 4-H website, you will find a statement that says “4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.” For a lot of 4-H members, 4-H has taught them responsibility, leadership, teamwork and the importance of giving back to their communities.

For their One Day community service project, the County Council, a collection of 4-H members from across Wise County, wanted to make a difference in the life of another child.

The County Council is hosting a game and book drive for their annual community service project. 4-Hers will be collecting new games and books to donate to Cooks Children’s Hospital in Ft. Worth. The Council set a goal of collecting 250 items to donate to the hospital.

Items suggested for donation include board games, travel games, card games, puzzles and handheld electronic games. Board games provide ways to use and develop thinking skills, while spending quality time with family or new friends.

Suggested books include board books, picture books, chapter books, “I Spy” books, game/puzzle books and coloring books. Patients and families spend time a lot of time waiting for appointments or between medical tests, and these items help make the time more bearable.

All items must be new due to the compromised immunity systems of some of the patients at the hospital. More suggested items can be found at www.cookchildrens.org/Giving/WishLists/.

Please help these 4-Hers make a difference in another child’s life. Items can be donated between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Extension Office, 206 South State St., in Decatur.

For more information about this community service opportunity, call the Extension Office at (940) 627-3341.

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