4-Hers Devote Hands to Large Service,
Prepare Gifts for Orphans
Herzog, Karen. "4-Hers Devote Hands to Large Service, Prepare Gifts for Orphans." Bismarck Tribune, 31 May 1998, sec. 4E.
One of the promises 4-H members make is to devote their hands
to larger service.
Members of the Dynamite Kids 4-H Club of Burleigh County decided
to do just that by donating and assembling gift packets for children
in an orphanage in Ukraine.
The gifts will ride with members of a "Journey to the Homeland"
tour May 26 to June 12. The tours, sponsored through the Germans
from Russia Heritage Collection at the North Dakota State University
Libraries, bring descendants of the pioneer ethnic Germans back
to the villages of their ancestors in the Black Sea area of southern
Tour members, include June Kraft of Burleigh County Extension
Service, will take "that extra suitcase" on the tour, filled with
gift items for the orphanage children, she said. The 4-H members
are also sending letters, translated to Russian, to the children,
as well as a check from funds they raised.
The packets contain personal hygiene items, Kraft said, such as
combs, socks, tooth brushes, hair ties, etc. The children in the
Lighthouse Orphanage in Ukraine are in the same age range, 10-12,
as the 4-H kids donating the packets.
Past tours of the Germans from Russia in the Odessa area have
made some reliable connections with groups serving children in need,
Kraft is a member of the upcoming tour and will be able to personally
deliver those items to the children there, she said.
In looking at numbers from the 1980 census, Kraft said, she spotted
a statistic stating that 62 percent of those in Burleigh County
were of German ancestry. Those numbers include some 4-H members,
also, she said.
Leaders of the Dynamite Kids Club are Irene Jaton, Louise Gobbs,
Juanita Braun and Lynn Moser.
Reprinted with permission of The Bismarck Tribune.