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Taylor County 4-H seeking supplies for Birthday in a Box program

GRAFTON—Taylor County 4-H Teen Leaders are asking the community for help with the 2017 Birthday in a Box Project.

The Birthday in a Box Project provides a “Happy Birthday” to children in need, in the area. Individuals, clubs or organizations can donate single items, or a complete box.

Now through June, the Taylor County 4-H Teen Leaders will be collecting the items to create several boxes with birthday supplies. The boxes will be donated to local food panties and distributed to families in need.

Last year, the teen leaders assembled 76 boxes, that were donated to seven different area pantries.

The goal for this years project is to assemble 40 boxes, consisting of five boy boxes and five girl boxes for each of the age groups. Each box will have a theme based on a certain gender and age suggestions, which include Disney, Transformers, Cars, Care Bears and My Little Pony.

4-H Teen Leaders have suggested small gifts for each box, according to the age of the child.

For younger children they suggest small toys, board books and stuffed animals. Kids ages three through five might like toys, puzzles and coloring books. Older kids boxes might include card games, books, crafts and small models.

The organization is also needing a number of other items for the boxes including, cake mix, frosting, candles, themed party favors, small decorations, cups, plates, napkins and birthday cards.

The items collected will be organized and assembled into boxes at 4-H Camp, at the end of June.

All donations must be received by June 23, and can be dropped off at the Extension Office. The office is located behind the Grafton City Hospital. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and closed for lunch from 12:00-1:00 p.m. For more information or questions about the project, call 304-265-3303.

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