17th Annual Kent 4-H Toy Drive Continues


The University of Maryland Extension Kent County 4-H program is conducting it’s 17th annual 4-H Toy Drive. The largest service project done each year, the drive is lead by a 20 member planning committee of youth ages 8 to a8 years of age. The committee contacts businesses and organizations throughout Kent County to place collection boxes for new, unwrapped toys that will be given to children in Kent County. The youth wrap the boxes and continue to follow up with the businesses to collect toys.


Pictured L to R: Dylan Hill, Stephen Quinn, Laurie Quinn, Rachel Jones and Jennifer Quinn

4-H partners with the Lions Club Community Christmas Basket Program to collect and deliver all the toys.

The 4-H Committee had a float in the Chestertown Christmas Parade this past Saturday and a booth in Chestertown’s Fountain Park. The youth will be collecting toys again in Fountain Park this Saturday from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon. Any new unwrapped toys will be accepted. We ask that toys do not depict any violence. Monetary donations will also be accepted. The youth will shopping for toys on Saturday December 17th to supplement the donated toys. Over 600 children received toys in 2015 and the anticipated need for 2016 is the same. The committee has a goal of raising about $2000 toward the project.

All donations are greatly appreciated. For more information about the 4-H Toy Drive, contact 4-H Educator, Elizabeth Hill, 410-778-1661 in the University of Maryland Kent County Extension Office or by email at emshill@umd.edu. All 4-H programs are open to all youth!

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