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4-H youths team up to help Crosslake church, troops

Posted: December 23, 2013 - 6:49pm
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4-H Youth Leader Rylie Young, of the Pequot Lakes Eagles club, demonstrates steps used when sewing a Christmas stocking. Submitted Photo
4-H Youth Leader Rylie Young, of the Pequot Lakes Eagles club, demonstrates steps used when sewing a Christmas stocking. Submitted Photo

In November the Crosslake Lutheran Church asked the public for help with its Stockings for Troops project. To make this project work, the church needed Christmas stockings, as well as items to fill them.

Rylie Young, a Youth Leader in the Pequot Lakes Eagles 4-H Club, decided to ask local 4-H groups to team up and participate in this project. She knew there would be volunteers in those clubs who would like to help and donate supplies.

Two separate meetings were held where 10 4-H members and four parent volunteers from the Black Bear, Eagles and Daggett Brook clubs met to make stockings for troops.

The majority of the youth participating had never sewn, and this was a great way to introduce them to basic sewing skills. The participants enjoyed being creative when choosing the contrasting colors of fabrics for the stockings.

“The main goal of the project was to make stockings for the troops,” said Young. “But we also encouraged youth to have fun learning how to use a sewing machine. The stockings weren’t perfect, but they didn’t have to be, and all who helped had fun. At the end of the project, we donated 26 stockings.”

The Black Bear 4-H Club has been helping the troops through its service-learning project called “Salute the Troops” since 2010. The club appreciated partnering in this project with the church and other clubs, and hoped the stockings made the troops know we were thinking about them.

All clubs look forward to helping Crosslake Lutheran Church with this project again next year.

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