Local 4-H members have 'thankful hearts and helping hands'

Lonesome Valley 4-H members gather around a huge pile of food goods they collected during their Thanksgiving Food Drive.The 4-H club is also participating in the Adopt a Senior Star Program, which invites the community to participate and send out a small gift to all the Meals on Wheels participants in the Mayer Area. Along with community service, club members have been raising animals, shooting archery, participating in the  “Handwork from our Heritage” and Cake Decorating projects, and the Lonesome Valley 4-H Livestock Judging Team is practicing to go to the Arizona Nationals Competition.

Lonesome Valley 4-H members gather around a huge pile of food goods they collected during their Thanksgiving Food Drive.The 4-H club is also participating in the Adopt a Senior Star Program, which invites the community to participate and send out a small gift to all the Meals on Wheels participants in the Mayer Area. Along with community service, club members have been raising animals, shooting archery, participating in the “Handwork from our Heritage” and Cake Decorating projects, and the Lonesome Valley 4-H Livestock Judging Team is practicing to go to the Arizona Nationals Competition.

Lonesome Valley Wranglers 4-H and Mayer area seniors have a lot to be thankful for.

The Thankful Project began in early November when Lonesome Valley Wrangler 4-H members answered the question "What are you thankful for?" In response to this, they wrote their answers on foam, fall-colored leaf shapes.

After they collected leaves from 4-H members, Emma and Phoebe Teskey assembled a 4x2-foot fall-themed turkey on yellow felt with the leaves forming the fan-shaped turkey tail.

"We used superior art skills and a lot of duct tape," they offered about the construction of this masterpiece.

The turkey was displayed at the annual Senior Center Thanksgiving holiday dinner. As 4-H volunteers happily served a complete dinner to more than 80 seniors and guests, they circulated a paper asking the seniors what they were thankful for.

After the results came in, it became clear that the seniors and Wrangler 4-Hers aren't that different. Family and friends were the most important to both groups, with love of life for the seniors and religious affiliation coming in third for the 4-H group.