Two area 4-H clubs make service focus of holiday activities
The Johnson County Horse Club and the Legacy 4-H Club dedicated the holiday season to serving their community.
The Johnson County Horse Club donated Thanksgiving food and worked Nov. 15 in the food pantry sorting food for families in need. More than 300 families benefitted from the meals sorted by local 4-H members at the Catholic Charities facility in Olathe.
The Legacy 4-H Club participated in Operation Christmas this season by making decorated shoe boxes filled with toiletries, toys and books for children uprooted from their homes. Operation Christmas provides a decorated box for children who were forced to leave their homes in an emergency with no belongings.
Legacy 4-H members decorated and filled each box with items that would be of some small comfort to other children at a time when they undoubtedly would need them most. The Wilson family of De Soto was responsible for collecting and delivering the boxes for distribution.
The Johnson County Horse Club collected money for Christmas shopping for two families in need the club adopted. The 4-H members donated groceries so the adopted families could enjoy a traditional holiday feast.
On Dec. 12, armed with gift wish lists for each adopted family, 4-H members shopped at Wal-Mart for families they would never meet but would touch with their generosity. Wal-Mart also donated a matching monetary gift toward the adopted family gifts. After a morning of shopping, the club passed out handmade holiday cards and caroled at the Lamar Court nursing home. Many members brought their 4-H certified project dogs for the residents to see. The 4-H members also presented hand-crafted eyeglass cases as presents for the residents.
On Dec. 14, the Legacy 4-H Club caroled at the Hillside Village nursing home in De Soto. Residents were met by more than 40 4-H members singing classic carols.
The club celebrated the season with a potluck dinner and holiday party following the caroling. The members of the Johnson County Horse Club and the Legacy 4-H Club were truly blessed with the spirit of giving and an understanding that this is truly the season of 4-H service.
— Natalie McCracken, reporter, Johnson County Horse Club
— Brynn McCracken, reporter, Legacy 4-H Club