Union County 4-Hers Host Books & Masks Drive

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4H Program Assistant looking at book drive donations

Five Union County 4-Hers who participated in the annual NC 4-H Citizenship Focus are on a mission for their communities. These 4-H youth found creative and impactful ways to meet urgent needs in their communities brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. The participants worked together to create an action plan based on two needs – literacy and safety. Through these ideas, they created a Books and Masks Drive.

Throughout the months of August and September, Union County 4-H will be collecting handmade face masks and new or gently used children’s books (ages infant/toddler to high school) to donate to the Little Libraries within the county. Throughout this pandemic, the youth realized the importance of increasing literacy to help bridge the gap between any possible learning loss from the summer and early school closures. 

If you are interested in donating books and/or masks, you may drop them off from August 3 to September 18 at the Union County Agricultural Center or contact 4-H Agent Crystal Starkes for a contact-less pickup. 

If you have any questions, please contact Crystal Starkes at 704.283.3735 or crystal_starkes@ncsu.edu.