There are many in our community who do not own a functional first aid kit. This fueled the idea for this civic engagement First Aid Kits project! First aid kits are a must especially when there are children around, when someone needs help immediately, or in less urgent situations such as a child needing a bandage and some antiseptic to clean a wound. 4-H project leaders, schools, and summer camps need do have first aid kits handy as do homeless shelters serving families with children often do not own first aid kits, especially when they are on such a tight budget.
How has 4-H helped?
Our 4-H Club took on the task of assembling and distributing 250 first aid kits within our 4-H clubs, local high school, our city and county. The project required careful planning and budgeting in order to be able to meet our ambitious goal. We also reached out to pharmaceutical companies for their support. 3M’s Healthcare division came through and the American Red Cross allowed us to print and use their first aid at a glance handout, which we included in our kits. Each of our kits are well stocked with a variety of first aid items including roll gauze, wrap bandages, cold compress, gloves, cotton balls, Ibuprofen, assorted bandages, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment packs, burn cream packs, cotton tip applicators, sterile eye pad, gauze pads, tweezers, safety pin, single-use thermometer, tongue depressor, emergency card and first aid instruction sheet. The kits have been marked with a date of when they were assembled. The recipients of our kits included, Alameda County 4-H projects, 4-H Summer Camp, Irvington High School, City of Fremont Recreation programs, Sunrise Village Family Shelter in Fremont, and Dream Catcher Emergency Youth Shelter in Alameda.
4-H is great for communicating, helping people, and learning new life skills . . . I encourage more kids to join 4-H because it is the best thing you will ever do.
Lea, Bayside 4-H Club member
Through the First Aid Kits project, we have been able to promote safety in our community, raise community visibility for 4-H, and provide a community service opportunity for our Bayside 4-H club members. We have assembled and distributed 250 well-stocked first aid kits to people and projects that work with children. Through this project we have been able to raise awareness about being safe and prepared to address small emergencies. The best part of the First Aid Kits project is receiving feedback on the impact it has had on the community. It was very encouraging to hear from City of Fremont’s Rena Kiehn, Recreation Supervisor II, Teens & Community Programming, who said, “They (the first aid kits) have outfitted most of the City of Fremont day camp offerings run out of Central Park/Lake Elizabeth, city parks, community centers and elementary school . . . how cool is this!” We also know that we have made a difference at Irvington High School in Fremont, as echoed by the PTSA President, Mrs. Ujjwala Gadgil, who said, “The first aid supplies will certainly help us keep our students safe.” Lea, a graduating member of Bayside 4-H Club, who participated in the assembly of the first aid kits said, “4-H is great for communicating, helping people, and learning new life skills . . . I encourage more kids to join 4-H because it is the best thing you will ever do.”