Recently, when the members of the Big Springs 4-H sewing group learned of the statewide Tote Bag Community Service project that was being promoted as part of the State Fashion Revue, they became very excited. We live in a small community, and many of our 4-Hers have friends who are, or have been foster kids. Many of our 4-H families are foster families, so we often see the foster children come and go throughout the year. We know that these children often come with little to no belongings and what they do come with is often packed haphazardly in a box or often a black trash bag. We read stories every day of people affected by domestic violence, and we know there are so many more that don’t make the front page. Making tote bags for the foster children seemed like a perfect project, and the 4-Hers in the sewing project were anxious to get started.
How will 4-H help?
The goal is to make 75 drawstring bags half for foster children in Siskiyou County and half for women in the domestic violence shelter. Twenty bags, ten for each organization, will be filled with extra supplies like pajamas, sweatshirts, t-shirts, underwear, socks, etc. We are partnering with the Siskiyou County Adult and Children’s Services and the Siskiyou County Domestic Crisis and Violence shelter and will serve foster youth and victims of domestic violence who are residing in the local shelter.