Coarsegold 4-H Community Service Project tries to do something for our community every month. This month, our club put together shoeboxes to be donated to Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child gives our boxes and a lot of other donated Christmas boxes as gifts to kids who need them around the world. Our Community Service leader, Deonne Gonzalez, collected them all and delivered them to a church in Madera who will send the boxes on their way to a special girl or boy.
Operation Christmas Child is a project by an organization called the Samaritan's Purse, which is a Christian relief and evangelism organization led by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Details: www.samaritanspurse.org.
Coarsegold 4-H is not a religious club, but we support good causes and like to help people. Community service is important year round, but the holiday season is a good time to remember people who need extra help and to make someone feel special.
Our leader is Pat Strimling and if you would like to join our 4-H, you can call her at (559) 683-5149. You don't have to be a student at Coarsegold Elementary to be a member of Coarsegold 4-H, you can live anywhere in Madera County as long as you can come to our meetings. Our group meetings are at 7 p.m. every second Thursday of the month at Coarsegold Community Center.