Editor's note: The Del Norte 4-H column appears every four weeks.

With the holiday spirit in the air, local 4-H clubs have been out and about, giving back to a community that has supported their program.

Many clubs participate in community service projects during the winter months. Giddy Up 'N' Goat and Wild River are carrying on a Christmas tradition started years ago by leader Mary Hawkins.

4-H members collected recyclables, some were donated by former 4-H families.Then we met at the local recycling center and turned in the tin and aluminum cans, glass bottles, and plastic containers.

After recycling we met at Walmart to choose mittens from the trees sponsored by Santa's Workshop.The 4-Hers had a wonderful time selecting gifts for boys and girls ranging in age from 1 to 12.

Everyone had a terrific time, and they really enjoyed the gift of giving. This year we were able to buy gifts for 12 children.

4-Hers brought canned food items to our annual 4-H Christmas party. The canned goods were donated to the Grace Lutheran Food Pantry Program.

Pine Grove 4-H crochet project donated a tree to the Festival of the Trees, which had handmade crocheted ornaments and gifts. They also had a food drive for CAN and donated ornaments to the Emerald Club for their fundraiser.

Pine Grove and Sunrise 4-H members handed out raffle tickets at the Christmas Fair and also donated food for food baskets.

Be on the lookout for 4-H youth as they give back to the community through numerous service projects.

If you are interested in donating recycling to help support this community project, or are interested on how you can help 4-H, please contact our local4-H Council at or message us on our facebook page: Del Norte4-H.