Utah County 4-H Am­bas­sadors com­plete ser­vice project for refugees

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Diana Bo­ley

Dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son, peo­ple of­ten look for ways to serve oth­ers. In that spirit, Utah

County 4-H Teen Am­bas­sadors re­cently or­ga­nized a ser­vice project to help refugees in their area.

Utah County 4-H Teen Am­bas­sadors are youth in grades 9-12 who are se­lected to rep­re­sent Utah County 4-H. They de­velop and use lead­er­ship skills to pro­vide pro­grams and ser­vice to the Utah County 4-H Pro­gram. Am­bas­sadors for 2016- 2017 are Joshua Boothe of Amer­i­can Fork, Jerod Bo­ley of Saratoga Springs, Au­tumn Olsen of Springville, and An­gel­ica Coca, Gabriela Coca, Ann El­gaaen and Jane Smith of Provo.

The Am­bas­sadors, along with their adult ad­vi­sors, brain­stormed many dif­fer­ent ser­vice project ideas, but they all knew they wanted to do some­thing to help the refugee com­mu­nity dur­ing the win­ter and hol­i­day sea­son. The teens discussed ways about the ser­vice project via so­cial me­dia to reach the most peo­ple and de­vised the and in its monthly news­let­ter. Many Hol­i­day Stock­ing Ser­vice Project. Am­bas­sadors 4-H clubs spent time sewing stock­ings or had roles in the project in­clud­ing bags to hold the col­lected do­na­tions that de­cid­ing on the stock­ing pat­tern, send­ing came from in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses the pat­tern to the mem­bers of 4-H clubs from through­out Utah County, from Ea­gle and writ­ing letters to lo­cal busi­nesses Moun­tain to High­land to San­taquin. ask­ing for do­na­tions. All Am­bas­sadors On Dec. 6, the teens set up an as­sem­bly ap­proached busi­nesses and peo­ple for do­na­tions. line for the stock­ings and hoped peo­ple The Am­bas­sadors worked with would show up. Peo­ple came from the Utah Refugee Con­nec­tion to help dis­trib­ute all over Utah County bring­ing stock­ings do­nated items be­cause the or­ga­ni­za­tion and other items, and more than 118 vol­un­teers serves 70 per­cent of all refugees in – adults, youth and even tod­dlers Utah. – showed up to help stuff the stock­ings.

Utah County 4-H con­tacted mem­bers When it was all done, there were 2,284 items do­nated and 351 stock­ings. More than 200 vol­un­teer hours were in­vested in the ser­vice project.

Among the items do­nated were 418 tooth­brushes and tooth­paste, 423 win­ter hats, 124 pairs of gloves, 200 den­tal floss pack­ages, 272 small toys, 148 pen­cils, 36 blan­kets (in­clud­ing 32 hand­made afghans), 84 de­odor­ants and 23 jars of Play- Doh.

Utah County 4-H was able to pur­chase 100 new win­ter coats of all sizes through grant funds. These coats and all of the stock­ings went to refugee chil­dren and adults.

4-H clubs from through­out Utah County helped fill stock­ings for refugees in Utah dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son.

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