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|2003-2004 Montana 4-H Clover
Great Falls 4-H'ers get national recognition for making a difference
Crystal Martinich (leader) oversees Joleen Martinich as she sews. Anita Pecukonis (leader) works on keeping numbers in order.
A Great Falls 4-H club was mentioned in the April 27, 2003 edition of USA Weekend Magazine for pitching in to help others.
Members of the Bootlegger Bandits 4-H club were among three million people in 529 communities who participated in the magazine'
s Make a Difference Day last fall.
Make a Difference Day takes place on the fourth Saturday in October and encourages individuals and groups of all ages to volunteer.
With help from adult leaders, the Bootlegger Bandits'
11 members, ages 9 to 15, sewed 26 polar fleece hats and 36 pairs of mittens for the homeless. The hats and mittens were distributed by the Great Falls Rescue Mission and Set Free Christian Ministry.
(The Bandits) are very service-oriented,"
said Tammy Phelps, a parent and group leader.
Club members have been involved in Make a Difference Day for the past three years. They came up with the sewing idea after wrapping toys and other gifts for St. Vincent De Paul'
s Christmas giveaway in December 2001.
The kids noticed there were no gifts for young teens,"
said Phelps. "
It broke their hearts."
They were hard,"
said 11-year old Marynda Martinich about sewing mittens.
One of (my mittens) was crooked for a second, but I fixed it,"
said Tessa Goodspeed, 11.
The Bandits all agreed the polar fleece hats were easier to sew than the mittens. The difficulty was the thumb part.
I had to take out the thread and redo mine,"
said Joleen Martinich, 13.
Other club members who took part in the project were Hannah Cockrell-Pickering, Kristie Mulheim, Josh Pecukonis, Susan Pecukonis, Wendy Phelps, Tori Silvia, Michelle Carlstrom and Matt Carlstrom.
The Bandits are working on two new projects: sewing lap quilts that will be distributed through Aging Services and Meals on Wheels; and making bed-size fleece blankets that will be distributed through the For The Children Coalition to the people at the Agape Center.
Excerpted with permission from the April 27, 2003, Great Falls Tribune.Copyright 2003.
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