- Equine Initiative
- Regulatory Services
- Biosystems/Ag Engineering
- Food Science
- Fine Arts
- Community Development
- 4-H Youth
- Family and Consumer Sciences
- Ag Information Center
- Ag Magazine
- Office of Diversity
- Ag Weather
- Ag Faculty Council
- Staff Links
- College Store
Christian County 4-H'ers "sew for soldiers"
Sewing machines were humming recently at the Christian County extension office as 4-H'ers from civilian and military families made pillowcases and scarves to use for protection in sandstorms for military personnel who are overseas or soon-to-be deployed.
The items are part of a larger 4-H community service project called "Sewing for Soldiers" developed by the Christian County staff of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.
The project provides an opportunity for the young people in and around the Fort Campbell/ Hopkinsville area to give a token of appreciation to their parents, siblings, friends, neighbors, and community members who serve in the military.
"Sewing sand scarves is extremely easy, but it teaches the children how to use a sewing machine. And they get to learn how to make something for someone else," said Toni Riley, Christian County 4-H agent for youth development.
Riley and Tammy Jordan, Christian County's 4-H program assistant to Fort Campbell, taught 4-H club members sewing basics needed to produce a sand scarf and pillowcase including how to make zigzag stitch and French hem. The sand scarves matched the army uniform, but the 4-H'ers could choose from a variety of colorful patterns for their pillowcase.
As a wife of a veteran, Jordan knows firsthand the scarves and pillowcases are appreciated and helpful to deployed soldiers.
"My husband was deployed to Iraq, and he said a lot of times, even in the winter, they would have sandstorms. He said these scarves would have helped him then," she said.
Ross Van Reenan, a Christian County 4-H'er who has a parent in the military, said it's a good opportunity to show military personnel that they're appreciated. He completed a scarf and took it home to his dad.
"It's hard for people to miss Christmas, other holidays and special occasions; so when we send them things, it's gives them support," he said.
In addition to the 4-H clubs, Riley and Jordan worked with Ann Farrell, a teacher at Lincoln Elementary School at Fort Campbell, to teach the school's third-graders how to make pillowcases.
"One little boy told me he had a dad in Iraq and was sending the pillowcase to him along with his picture and a Christmas card," Farrell said. "I heard a lot of positive responses like that one, which lets you know as a teacher that you're doing something that they like and have fun doing."
Keep the brakes on planting a little longer
Early summer could come at a price, UK ag meteorologist cautions
Photo depicts damage to apple trees after the Easter Freeze in 2007.
Without looking at the calendar, Kentuckians might easily be fooled into thinking...
The Arboretum gears up to host a Party for the Planet
The Arboretum, on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, is partnering with LG&E and KU Energy LLC to offer a month-long celebration called Party for the Planet 2012, with activities for...