Community service projects are an important component of the 4-H organization. The Greenbrier 4-H club is continuing its community service by filling shoeboxes for children in other countries.
This project is part of an international relief organization. Shoeboxes are filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a way to reach out to children in communities around the world.
Boxes go out of the United States to children affected by war, poverty, natural disasters, famine, and disease; and to children living on Native American reservations in the United States.
Since 1993 Christmas boxes have been delivered to more than 146 million children in more than 100 countries. One year the Greenbrier 4-H clubâ€™s boxes were delivered by water buffalo to children in Africa.
This year 4-H members shopped at the Dollar Store for special items for their boxes, and then finished organizing them at the Greene County Extension office.
Those participating this year were: Emma Halterman, Olivia and Sadie Shannon, Cody Stephenson, Caden Etherton, Taylor and Tia Gierstorf, Sadie Gilbertson, Katrina and Natalie Heupel, Taylor McDowell, Arthur and Aden Bardole, Elise Badger, Grace, Brian, and Samantha Hardaway, Amie Schroeder, Bailey Anderson, Elias and Kaleah Messer and Conner Allender. The Greenbrier members filled 25 Christmas boxes.