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Meeker County 4-H'ers use hands for larger service

Kylee is a 10th grader in Meeker County and has been a 4-H member for 11 years. She, along with fellow members of the Litchfield Satellites 4-H Club recently participated in a 100% Healing Power Packs for Kids community service project, which was funded by a Helping Hands Grant from the Minnesota 4-H Foundation. This project showed participants the importance of helping others in the midst of hard times.

4-H'ers using their hands for larger service
36 youth and 14 adults volunteered on this project to create power packs for kids who have long stays at local hospitals. Participants made fleece blankets and friendship bracelets and included them with books, pillowcases, neck warmers, water bottles and other comforting items that kids might want while they get well.  

4-H youth were leaders in every step of this community service project, from discussing and planning during club meetings, to grant writing, to creating and delivering the power packs. Kylee specifically developed a lot of leadership skills while coordinating the project, as well as presentation skills when she shared the service experience with other youth from across the state during the Minnesota State Fair. Kylee and her club members hope that other 4-H youth will be inspired to do similar projects that help people in their own communities.

30+ blankets made by 4-H’ers for hospitalized children
"4-H has taught me a lot over the years, and I know it wouldn't be possible without the time and money that people give to support me and other 4-H'ers," said Kylee recently. "Our project was successful because people donated to it. They helped us to use our hands for larger service."

Kylee is just one of over 1,000 youth in Meeker County who are learning about community service from 4-H. You are invited to support 4-H in Meeker County and across Minnesota so community service projects like Healing Power Packs continue to happen.  Please make a gift today to the Minnesota 4-H Foundation and help youth like Kylee to learn, lead, and succeed.

4-H youth delivering Healing Power Packs to Meeker County Memorial Hospital
The Helping Hands Grant program funds worthy projects that Minnesota youth want, adults are ready to support and that both are willing to expend time and energy in achieving. Priority is given to community service projects that are led by Minnesota 4-H youth. To learn how you can help provide a Helping Hands Grant to Minnesota 4-H youth, please contact the Minnesota 4-H Foundation staff (fdnstaff@umn.edu / 612-624-7971).

County Development Liaison
Minnesota 4-H Foundation

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