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Olmsted County 4-H'ers use their hands for larger service

73 blankets made by 4-H’ers for children in need
Ryan is a 12th grader in Olmsted County and a 4-H member for 12 years. He, along with his mom, brother and fellow members of the New Haven Sodbusters 4-H Club, recently participated in a Care Blankets for Childrencommunity service project, which taught them the importance of helping others in the midst of hard times.

45 youth and 51 adults volunteered in this project to hand-make blankets for kids who are experiencing long stays in the hospital. They partnered with the director of children’s life at the Mayo Eugenio-Litta Children’s Hospital in Rochester to ensure that all 73 fleece blankets were given to children who need to know that many people are thinking of and supporting them as they get well.

This project was an especially great development opportunity for Ryan, who played a key leadership role in its planning and development. "It taught me that I can lead and lead well; I can use my leadership abilities to do good and help others serve as well," he said in a recent interview. "4-H has taught me a lot over the years, and I know it wouldn't be possible without the time and money that supporters give. They helped us to use our hands for larger service."
Ryan and Cloverbud 4-H'er tying blankets

Ryan is just one of over 500 youth in Olmsted County who are learning about community service from Minnesota 4-H programs. You're invited you to support 4-H in Olmsted County and across Minnesota so community service projects like Care Blankets for Children continue to happen.  Your gift today to the Minnesota 4-H Foundation can help youth like Ryan to learn, lead, and succeed.
New Haven Sodbusters 4-H Club proudly displaying their donation

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 ( / 612-624-7971).

County Development Liaison
Minnesota 4-H Foundation

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