BROOKINGS, S.D. - Blanket Buddies is the 2017-2018 South Dakota 4-H Youth Council's statewide community service project.

"The Youth Council challenges each county 4-H program to make the most number of fleece tie blankets to donate to a local health care facility, shelter and/or food pantry," said Hilary Risner, SDSU Extension Regional 4-H Youth Program Advisor.

4-H clubs, affiliates and families are encouraged to contribute to the overall county impact by making blankets as an activity following their business meetings.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for 4-H members to have exposure to teamwork to accomplish a goal, but also to understand the importance of giving back to our local communities," said Risner. "It's crucial that youth understand the impact a simple act can have on members of our community."

Any 4-H entity interested in participating in this project should contact their county 4-H office for more information on recording the number of blankets made and donated. The public is welcome to join in assisting in this service project. To contribute to your county's overall number of blankets, please contact the local county 4-H office or SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor. A complete listing can be found on iGrow.org under the Field Staff listing.

This service project will run the majority of the 2017-2018 4-H year, with impact reports due in August. A summary of the impact will be announced at the 2018 South Dakota State Fair.

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"Youth will truly be putting their 'Hands to Larger Service' with this project," said Risner.

For more information on contributing to this community service project, contact your local county 4-H office or Risner at (605) 394-1722 or hilary.risner@sdstate.edu.

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