Wichita County 4-H hosting drive to help homeless, foster children

Wichita County 4-H hosting drive to help homeless, foster children

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - Wichita County 4-H is hosting a luggage and toiletry drive to help area foster and homeless children.

The following items are needed:

  • luggage (all types)
  • duffel bags
  • tote bags
  • overnight bags
  • make up bags
  • gently used swimwear
  • gently used spring/summer clothing
  • toiletries: shampoo/conditioner; hair gel; hair spray; toothpaste/toothbrushes; mouthwash; lotion; baby wipes; makeup wipes; deodorant
  • cosmetics
  • head lice shampoo

Items can be taken to the drop boxes at the following locations between April 1 and April 30:

LOCATION ADDRESS
B Cocoa Artisan Chocolate 809 8th St
Crush NTX 4017 Seymour Hwy
Johnson’s Furniture 3400 Old Jacksboro Hwy
Agrilife Extension Office 600 Scott, Suite 200 (Courthouse Annex)

“We did a pet adoption drive, we did a blood drive, and now as we kind of end up our 4-H year we’re doing this luggage drive and supply drive for the teen shelter and Children’s Home,” said Katrena Mitchell, Wichita County 4-H Agent for Texas A&M Agrilife Extension.

The 4-H program is more than raising and showing livestock with a key experience in giving back to others in need.

Throughout April, the Wichita County 4-H council is trying to give youth items they can call their own.

“We have a lot more. We have an endless amount of projects that we offer. We do leadership, public speaking, photography. Shooting sports is one of our big projects in this county,” said Mitchell.

One business collecting donations has the box right by the entrance door and believes in what the program is doing.

“We love partnering with local businesses so we’re very happy to be a drop off center for this project in particular. We also love to partner with other local businesses. For example, we’ve got some summer camps that we’re doing for kids,” said Tara Poche, co-manager at CRUSH NTX FITNESS.

“4-H is always big about giving back. So we do lots of community service projects throughout the year and this year this is the first time that we’ve really focused on our homeless and our foster youth in the community,” said Mitchell.

On top of helping towards an important cause, the partnership had another reason to come about.

“Our clients here at CRUSH also believe in giving back to the community and being involved so it was just kind of a natural step for us as a business to take it to that level as well,” said Poche.

Donators can also bring these items to Children’s Home, located at 1101 30th St.

All items will be donated to the Children’s Home & Teen Shelter.

Wichita County 4-H reports 175 children were placed into foster care in Wichita County in February 2021.

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