By MOLLY TERPSTRA
Orange Blossom 4-H Reporter
The Orange Blossom 4-H club group got into the holiday spirit by participating in several community service activities this fall and winter. Their season of giving began in November with the Knights Ferry Pumpkin Roll, where club members hosted a small carnival and petting zoo for the young children at the event. That same month, the club started their canned food drive. Then, at the December meeting, members made over 100 Christmas cards for the Care Center in Oakdale, members participated in the Operation Christmas Child program, where shoe boxes were filled with gifts for children all over the world, and collections were taken for the two local families adopted by the club for the holidays. Members donated gifts, gift cards, and money to help these families. Additionally, the members made scarves for the elderly, which is an activity that will extend into January as well.
The December Club meeting, on December 12th, was also a night of giving. Members gathered and went Christmas caroling throughout the town of Knights Ferry, and included the River’s Edge Restaurant and the Firehouse. That night, the club also welcomed a visit from the Oak Summit Masonic Lodge of Knights Ferry. For a third year, the Orange Blossom 4-H Club has supported the Knights Ferry Masons’ annual Toy Drive, which collects and disperses toys to the youth of the community in Knights Ferry, Oakdale, Riverbank, and Waterford. Overall, club members have enjoyed helping others and will continue to help out in the community throughout the year.