4-H club supporting foster children in 2018

Samuel Close (left) and Charlie Close work together to make one of the 50 blankets that were part of the Wayne Township Future Farmers 4-H Club’s community service projects this year.
Samuel Close (left) and Charlie Close work together to make one of the 50 blankets that were part of the Wayne Township Future Farmers 4-H Club’s community service projects this year. Photo provided.

Wayne Township Future Farmers 4-H Club recently voted to support Huntington County foster children as one of their three community service projects for 2018.

The club is also collecting pop tabs for Riley Children’s Hospital and will volunteer a work day at the Huntington County Fairgrounds and work on a landscaping project.

The club decided to put together “journey bags” for children as they are entering foster care. Most children, when entering foster care, are leaving an unsafe environment and many times only have the clothes they are wearing. The club members liked the idea that they could help other kids in their own community.

The club members purchased fabric for blankets and bags, then handmade and tied 50 blankets during two 4-H meetings. They also put drawstrings in bags made by club leaders Natalie Keiffer and Wendy Marley, and parent Mary Beth Hill.

The club collected and sorted items to fill the bags including hygiene products, oral care items, pajamas, diapers, wipes, toys, coloring books and crayons and many other needed items to fill the bags. The club put together more than 50 bags for boys and girls ranging in ages from newborn through teenagers.

Wayne Township Future Farmers presented the filled bags and extra items to Ashley Dicke, with Huntington Department of Child Services Foster Care, after she spoke with the youth about foster care. Assisting her was Janelle Gard, a local foster parent.