For the past 13 years, seventh- and eighth-grade Georgia 4-H’ers have collected the tabs from aluminum cans to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities. This year, 13,181 pounds of tabs were collected, and $5,425 was donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Georgia.
To date, junior-level Georgia 4-H’ers have donated a total of $93,462 for the charity by collecting and selling 157,317 pounds of tabs. The community service project is one of many that culminates each year at the Georgia 4-H Junior Conference. This year’s conference was held Nov. 14-15 at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Georgia.
The 4-H’ers also conducted community service projects focused on helping U.S. military troops and their families. Coupons were collected to send to overseas military personnel through the Coups for Troops program, $569.87 was donated to the Pets for Vets program and 6,299 items were donated to fill Christmas stockings for military troops who will spend the holiday away from home. Georgia 4-H’ers also collected 113 coats for needy children in Ben Hill County, Georgia.
“These service projects, which were designed by 4-H’ers, provided participants with the opportunity to exhibit generosity and benevolence,” said Lori Bledsoe, program development coordinator for Georgia 4-H’s Northwest District.
The students also attended workshops during the conference that were focused on building leadership, learning science and engineering, and preventing distracted driving. Junior 4-H’ers also heard from guest speakers, including 4-H alumni who are interning in Washington, D.C., and Col. Tom Torrance, a retired U.S. Army officer and former Georgia 4-H’er who shared how 4-H impacted his 30-year military career.
For more information about the Georgia 4-H program, contact your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.
(Sharon Dowdy is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
Georgia 4-H'ers collected more than 13,000 pounds of aluminum tabs this year, including this huge bag from Zyria Jones of Elbert County Middle School. The tabs generated $5,425 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Georgia. Jones is shown with her science teacher Steve Jordan and Elbert County 4-H and youth development agent Lauren Macias-Dye.Download Image
Georgia 4-H'ers in Douglas County were among those who participated in the annual aluminum pop tab collection. Once compiled, the tiny pieces of aluminum are recycled and the funds are donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities.Download Image