4-H Toy Drive Kicks Off in November

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Thanksgiving and Christmas are two seasons that remind all of us in 4-H to give of our hearts and our hands to “make the best better” in our local community. Our 4-H clubs across the county have many service projects going on this season including making wreaths for nursing home residents, an auction for a family that a member is suffering from a stroke and the financial challenges of this diagnosis, goodie packages for shut ins, toothpaste for prisoners, and many more! County wide we are kicking off our 1st, hopefully annual, 4-H Toy Drive. The drive was announced in our recent 4-H newsletter and lasts until December 12. The idea is to encourage our 4-H families and friends of 4-H to help provide a new, unopened gift that can be distributed to children served through our Bladen County Dept. of Social Services. According to Janet Miller on staff at the Dept., the need for toys and gifts for children has increased this year as compared to last year.

In past year’s one of our local clubs, the Super Clovers of Elizabethtown, have had a club project to bring toys for this same purpose. We hope that this new county wide effort through our 4-H program will help fill the gap and make this season a little brighter for a child this Christmas. You do not have to be a member of Bladen County 4-H to support this effort. Simply bring a new, unwrapped gift or toy appropriate for any aged girl or boy to our office at the N.C. Cooperative Extension in the Powell Melvin Agriculture Building and drop it in our Toy Drive Box.

Toys and gifts need to be non-violent and unwrapped so that the staff at the Dept. of Social Services can appropriately match them with a needy child. In addition, we need all donations by December 12 in order to get the gifts to the children in time for Christmas.

If you have any questions, please contact Stacie Kinlaw at (910) 862-4591 or stacie_kinlaw@ncsu.edu. A flyer with the link below can be printed and displayed at your business or church to help solicit donated toys.

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