4-H Creates Centerpieces for Meals on Wheels Clients
Provided by 4-H
Community service and giving to the community is an important lesson taught by the 4-H Youth Development Program, one that more than 40 youth and adults joyfully learned this past Sunday at the 4-H Youth In Action celebration at the Fairgrounds. Together the participants created more than 210 holiday centerpieces to be given out to Lincoln County Meals on Wheels recipients.
Generous donations from M & K Bark and Floral, Miller Farms, Fishing Family Farms, Jackson Hill Tree Farms, Toledo Elks Lodge and the OSU Extension Master Gardener’s Program meant there were plenty of greens and other decorations to work with. Youth and parents alike fashioned each centerpiece by hand, using evergreens and other plants, holly, ribbons and decorative ornaments to add the finishing touches.
Meals on Wheels is much more than just a meal, it is a link to the community. Volunteers don’t just leave a meal at the door but rather check in on the recipient and – at special times like these – get to deliver good tidings from other community members wanting to say “we care.” Thanks to this collaborative event, elders and seniors will have a beautiful holiday centerpiece in their homes this holiday season.
Without the help of its tireless volunteers – people like Rebekah Goulet and Vicki Channer who championed the Youth In Action event this year – 4-H in Lincoln County would not be the rich program it is today. The focus of 4-H is not on becoming an expert in any one area but rather on helping young people learn and grow through an intentional process that builds competence, confidence, connection, compassion and character. Research has shown that by participating in 4-H, young people prepare themselves for economic and social success in adulthood. For more information about the 4-H Program, contact the OSU Extension Office, 541-574-6534.