The Del Norte County 4-H column runs monthly. This installment was written by Christine Jones.

Two of our local 4-H clubs, Wild River and Pine Grove, participated in the downtown Christmas Light Parade. Both entries were well represented.

Two of our Del Norte Community Clubs, Giddy Up 'N' Goat and Wild River, are carrying on a Christmas tradition started years ago by leader Mary Hawkins. 4-H families collected recycling, then the clubs met at the local recycling center and turned in the aluminum cans, glass bottles and plastic containers.

In the past, the money was used to sponsor one or two families that may not have had a holiday dinner and gifts that year.

Next, the 4-H'ers visited local businesses to select mittens from the trees sponsored by Santa's Workshop. The 4-H'ers had a wonderful time selecting gifts for kids in their age group, and did a great job telling the adult leaders if certain items are in style or not. Everyone had a terrific time, and the kids enjoyed the gift of giving.

This year we were able to purchase gifts for four children. We also donated to the firefighters' fill-a-boot effort and the Salvation Army.

The 4-H year is off to a busy start. Many of the non-animal projects are up and going. Most of the animal projects will be starting after the first of the year. We are still taking new member and leader enrollments.

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