4-H members gather hurricane relief funds

Jefferson County, Ohio, 4-H members donate to help Jefferson County, Texas, 4-H members

Jefferson County 4-H hurricane relief
Jefferson County 4-H, Ohio, is collecting Walmart gift cards for Jefferson County, Texas, 4-H members impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Jefferson County 4-H, Ohio, launched a fundraising campaign to aid their sister county, Jefferson County, Texas, in hurricane relief.

Hurricane Harvey crashed through Texas in late August, flooding Jefferson County, just east of Houston.

Some 4-H families lost little or nothing, while others lost everything they owned, said Starla Garlick, Jefferson County, Texas, 4-H agent.

“I was watching the coverage, and they kept talking about Jefferson County, I thought, it (the fundraiser) would be a great way to connect the kids to the need,” said Janine Yeske, Jefferson County, Ohio, Extension educator.

Yeske has launched a campaign to collect Walmart gifts cards. Each family is being asked to donate a $25 Walmart gift card.

Gift cards were chosen because all impacted families would be able to use them, Yeske said.


Jefferson County Texas 4-H program is made up of 350 members in 10 clubs, with approximately 35 adult volunteers. Popular projects include food and nutrition, clothing, photography, shooting sports and animal projects.

Many members lost their animals in the flood, said Garlick.

“The fundraiser is just as much for our kids. They need to learn the importance of giving,” said Yeske. “Maybe they will have to give up something, like going out for a meal to give to the kids in Texas.”

Yeske is encouraging parents to talk to their kids about giving.

“If a disaster hit our community, I know that we would appreciate aid from the government, but it would mean so much more from another 4-H member. It ties us together as a 4-H family.”

In just a week’s time, Jefferson County 4-H has collected nearly $1,400, and looks forward to growing that number, said Yeske.


The deadline to submit Walmart gift cards is Nov. 15.

She is also asking members to send a card or note of encouragement with their donation. The donations will be sent to Texas in time for the holidays.

To contribute to the fundraiser, send Walmart gift cards to Jefferson County OSU Extension Office 500 Market St., Steubenville, OH 43952.


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Katy Mumaw is a graduate of Ohio State University where she studied agricultural communications and Oklahoma State University earning her master's in agricultural leadership. The former Farm and Dairy reporter enjoys family time and sharing the stories of agriculture.



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