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Young Guns bring cheer to vets

October 6, 2017
Traer Star-Clipper

It all began with 4-H members wanting to find a way to thank our Veterans for their service. Last Fall (2016), the Tama County Young Guns 4-H club contacted the Iowa Veterans Home for ideas of how they could help our Veterans, and as a result the project "Veterans Home Planter Boxes" began.

The Young Guns raised $205.00 towards the project through a spaghetti supper, received additional in-kind donations of plants and soil from the Isle of Green in Marshalltown, IA, as well as donations from other sources. Eric Keller, the 4-H club president applied for and received $500 in matching funds from the Iowa 4-H Foundation/DuPont Pioneer Seed Grant. The DuPont Pioneer Seed Grants objective is to "stimulate local 4-H clubs in Iowa to plan and carry out community improvement activities by providing "seed money" needed to make the projects successful."

The 4-H Club was able to purchase five 46" x 22" Cedar Raised Vegetable/Flower Garden Beds. When the boxes arrived, the 4-Her's installed the boxes at the Iowa Veterans Home and filled them with potting soil. Then the 4-H members spent time helping the Veterans plant flowers and vegetables in their new cedar boxes. The Veterans were excited to have the young people visit, and eagerly listened to them talk about 4-H Shooting Sports. Positive memories were made and Veterans and 4-H members alike enjoyed the time spent together. The 4-H club and the Veterans Home plan to continue activities together in the future.

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The Tama County Young Guns 4-H Club would like to thank the Iowa 4-H Foundation/DuPont Pioneer Seed Grant, the Iowa Veterans Home, Barilla, the Isle of Green in Marshalltown, IA, and our local communities for their help to make this project possible.



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