Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas! I would like to invite everyone down to the Durango Mall to get their picture taken with Santa Claus. Santa and his helpers will be available for pictures from this Friday through Dec. 24 at the mall. You have the choice of either having your picture mounted on a Christmas card or having the picture inside a snow globe.
Santa is more than willing to have individuals, families and friends get their photo taken. This is a wonderful opportunity to get that unique holiday gift, get in the holiday spirit and support a great organization.
Santa at the Mall is a fundraising event for the La Plata County 4-H organization. All proceeds will go back into providing support for educational and leadership opportunities for our members and volunteers. These opportunities are essential in providing our youths and adults with the knowledge and skills to be better community citizens.
All of our clubs throughout the county are participating in this event as a community service activity. Community service is an integral part of the 4-H experience and provides our youths with the important life lesson of giving back.
Throughout the year, our 4-H clubs do a variety of community service activities and support other organizations that help people in need. We feel that we are so blessed with the community businesses and organizations that support us, that it is just natural to give that support back. I would like to highlight just a few of the clubs in our county that are doing great community service work.
The Florida Four Leaf Club has packed and sent care boxes to our servicemen and women in Afghanistan. Two girls in the club have a family member serving over there. The club has also adopted the Sunshine Country Home to visit, do crafts and send letters.
The Mountain Shadows Club and other 4-H clubs in our county each year support Project Merry Christmas, collecting gifts for families in need.
The Pine River Club in the Bayfield area does snow shoveling, Christmas cards and monthly pen pal letters to their adopted grandmothers. This year, club members are making bird feeders for their grandmothers, along with the shoveling tasks during the winter snow season.
Lastly, I would like to highlight the Mount Allison Go-Getters 4-H Club. I recently attended its monthly club meeting, where members announced they had raised more than $300 from a fundraiser. This amount was about all the club had in its bank account. Immediately after giving the treasurer report, the club decided to give half the money back to a Volunteers of America safe house for women and children.
This type of giving back culture is very common in the 4-H community. It makes me extremely proud as their extension agent to represent such great youths and families in La Plata County.
We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season, and I look forward to seeing you at the Durango Mall.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 382-6463. Greg Felsen is La Plata County 4-H youth development agent.