Coarsegold 4-H had a guest speaker come to talk to us about Wool for Worthy Causes at our last sheep meeting. Mr. Ray Sarna is the director of this company that collects wool donations from sheep owners all over California. He comes from Ojai. He brought us big burlap sacks to put our wool in and talked to us about what his company does.
They collect the sheared wool from sheep owners. They like the first shear of the year because it is the longest since it had time to grow over the winter. They would like the wool to be separated by color and then stored out of the sun and the rain. Then they make arrangements to pick it up. After it is picked up, it goes to a place like the Alabama Institue for the Deaf and Blind where blind and disabled workers get jobs cleaning the wool and making it ready to make things like blankets and socks. The blankets that they make go to the military and so this is an extra special cause because it helps our country.
Coarsegold 4-H Sheep project will donate all of their wool and we are working on getting more from other Madera clubs also. If you are a sheep owner and would like to donate wool too, please contact our sheep leader, Karl Hussey at (559) 641-2781 and we will find a way to get it from you to donate.
Wool for Worthy Causes is planning to be at our Coarsegold Rodeo this year May 1_3,to educate the public about what they do and how we can help. They will also have wool for you to see and touch, examples of the blankets they make, and other wool products for sale. Mr. Ray said that wool socks don’t make you feel hot and that your feet won’t stink if you wear them. On May 1,Heritage Days, they will be a part of the many activities that the Coarsegold Rodeo will have for the kids. Coarsegold 4-H will have an animal display with different kinds of farm animals like sheep, goats, pig, poultry, and llamas for you to see and touch.
If you would like to know more about their company, you can check out their website at www.woolforworthycauses.org. Big wool donations can be tax deductible.
In 4-H, anyone under 9 years old is a mini-member. Junior means members in fourth and fifth grade. Intermediate means they are in sixth, seventh, or eighth grade. Senior means they are in High School.
Our leader is Pat Strimling and if you would like to join our 4-H, you can call her at 683-5149. Anyone can join. 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 and you can join at any time.
Now you can also follow us on our new website at www.coarsegold4h.com or Facebook. Our club meetings meet every second Thursday of each month at 7pm at the Coarsegold Community Center.
4-H Statement: Madera County 4-H Youth Program is a non-profit organization for youth who are 9 years old or who have completed the 3rd grade and up to age 19 years of age. All youth and adults in Madera County are invited to participate in the 4-H Program regardless of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sex, mental or physical handicap.