Donated clothing is focus of SD State 4-H Youth Council state-wide service project

Farm Forum

BROOKINGS — Are you doing some fall cleaning and going through your closets? Donated clothing is the focus of the 2017 South Dakota 4-H Youth Council’s head-to-toe clothing drive state-wide community service project.

“They want 4-H members, clubs, volunteers and leaders to consider donating any type of clothing item to their local shelters, coat drives, etc. in their community,” explained Audrey Rider, SDSU Extension State 4-H Volunteer Field Specialist. “This is a way for people to give back to their local communities and help out local families and people in need by giving clothes, jackets, shoes, etc.”

Counties throughout South Dakota will compete to see which 4-H county can donate the most items. The winning county will receive a prize.

To participate in the clothing drive, members and clubs will need to keep track of the number of items they donate and to what location. They can get a tabulation form from their local SDSU Extension Office and then turn it in by August 1, 2017 to be part of the county challenge.

Items can be donated to any place or family in need such as shelters, coat drives, Needs Anonymous, etc. Be creative and share your clothing and unwanted items to those in need.

“The Youth Council is asking counties, clubs and members to be creative and come up with fun ways to collect items and make a huge impact with this statewide community service project,” Rider said. “With your help, we are looking forward to improving the lives of children and families in our state.”

More about South Dakota 4-H

South Dakota 4-H Youth Council is a statewide leadership team made up of 25 4-H youth from across the state. These 4-H members were chosen for their communication skills, citizenship, 4-H involvement and foremost their leadership abilities.

They work with the 4-H program to host an annual Teen Leadership Conference where attendees go to workshops, play games, develop into young leaders and make lifelong friends.

More than 9,000 South Dakota youth are involved in 4-H programming. If you’d like to become involved as a member or volunteer, or would like to donate to the Head-to-Toe clothing drive, contact Rider at