While learning to sew straight seams day campers pieced together several baby blankets. The mother of one of the "campers" works for Southwestern Youth Services and her daughter told the other campers of the need for special blankets for children who stay in the shelter.
After discussing their options the 4-Hers felt this was the best choice for their donation of blankets created for Project Linus. 4-Hers statewide have joined Project Linus in creating handmade blankets for children in crisis and donating them to service agencies in their area.
Members of the HCE who had volunteered to teach the girls how to sew also volunteered to finish the baby blankets for them. HCE members quilted and bound three blankets.
Judy Haines, Southwestern Youth Services Director was invited to present a program about the children's shelter and its services at recent HCE quarterly meeting. She accepted the baby quilts pieced by the 4-Hers and finished by the OHCE members with humble gratitude. She was impressed to see how youth and elders of our community were able to work together on this project, both having something to offer each other. All in attendance learned something new about programs and services in our community.
SWYS serves children and youth ages 0-21 with various youth and family programs and emergency shelter for minors. 4-H is a life skills
education program for youth ages 5 to 17. HCE is a research based home
and community education program for adults of any age. All three groups
offers their programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color,
national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran.
For more information on SWYS call 482-2809. For information on 4-H or
HCE contact the OSU Extension Office at 482-0823.