Washington 4-H'ers win Chevron Community Pride Award
When the members of the King County 4-H Horse Program saw a 4-H alum in need, they knew just what to do.
The youth decided to lend a hand and a supply of coats for the Christmas at the Farm event and a coat drive to benefit a local women's shelter.
"Community service is a big part of our program," said King County 4-H educator, Nancy Basket. "It's a way for kids to give back."
Christmas at the Farm allows homeless children and their mothers a chance to spend a day on the farm. Kids can ride horses, pet animals, work on arts and crafts and even take pictures with Santa.
The second annual event took place in December and benefited 65 homeless children and their mothers. Each mother and child was served a lunch by King County 4-H members and went home with a jacket, hat and gloves collected by 4-H'ers.
For their work, King County 4-H Horse Program of the Washington State University Extension program is the proud recipient of the 2012 Chevron Community Pride Award. This award recognizes youth who have taken positive measures to benefit their community, either regionally, or on a state or national level.
"I love being able to help out with this and give new experience to people who might not have had them," said King County 4-H'er, Jessica Zielinski.