(Pictured Above): (L-R): Elizabeth Fillman, Samantha Sharpe, Ashley Reece, Aidan Shepard, Liz Sharpe, and Cate Shepard presented pet toys to the New Hanover County Animal Services Unit.Date: April 20, 2016 (Pictured Above): (L-R): Elizabeth Fillman, Samantha Sharpe, Ashley Reece, Aidan Shepard, Liz Sharpe, and Cate Shepard presented pet toys to the New Hanover County Animal Services Unit.Date: April 20, 2016

Local 4-H Kids Present Pet Toys to the New Hanover County Animal Services

By / Life on the Island / Wednesday, 27 April 2016 04:00

Anna Vancina loves animals and 4-H.  And, she wanted to share a little love with the cats and dogs at the New Hanover County Animal Shelter. From these passions came a plan to help the animals and teach some valuable life lessons.
Youth from clubs across New Hanover County gathered 66 cat and dog toys and brought them to the annual 4-H Awards Night in February.  Those toys began brightening the days of the animals at the shelter when they were delivered late last month.   
 “Being involved in 4-H is much more than completing projects and getting awards. My most memorable experiences in 4-H have centered on leadership, citizenship, and especially community service. I wanted to give today’s members the same experiences to serve their community. The pet toy drive showed them that even though they are in different clubs they all have the same goal to make their community a better place to live in,” stated Vancina.
 “We decided on the theme “We Love 4-H and 4-H Loves Giving” to include community service into our youth recognition event. 4-H members learned the life skills and developed a spirit of empathy and of giving; traits that make them some of the greatest and most productive citizens in our community,” said Kristin Holloman, a member of the 4-H Advisory Council.
 “We always need people to help out when the community has a need. The people who help in those situations are the reason communities stay together! The pet toy drive was a great way for us to do something simple but still make a big difference,” said 14 year-old 4-H member Liz Sharpe.
Linda Reece, a 4-H mom, observed, “This project showed my children that they are part of the community and that they can make a difference in it.  4-H not only gives them the opportunity to do community service but it also shows them they are not alone in wanting to help others.  Getting to actually see those receiving your help is very moving.  My daughter was able to see that shelter animals are just as wonderful as the pets we have at home.”
Leslie Dill proudly serves as New Hanover County’s 4-H Agent. She received a B.A. in animal science from The Ohio State University and an M.A. in agriculture and extension education from N.C. State University. She can be reached at 910-798-7660 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
4-H, the largest youth development organization in the world, is a community of seven million young people across the globe learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills.

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