BROOKINGS, S.D. - South Dakota State 4-H Youth Council donated $21, 500 to Make-A-Wish, their state-wide community service project for the 2015-2016 4-H year.
"Giving back to the community is a focus of 4-H and our membership does this in a multitude of ways. This year-long focus is one way for us all to give back to one entity together," said Audrey Rider, SDSU Extension 4-H Volunteer Field Specialist.
To raise the dollars, 4-H members and clubs throughout the state collected money and brought it to the Teen Leadership Conference and 2016 South Dakota State Fair.
"Counties got creative this year," Rider said. Some had 3x3 basketball tournaments, kiss the pig contest, auctions, and many other fundraisers. "There was even a competition held among the counties to see who could collect the most money," she said.
The top two counties were McCook County, which raised $3,200 and Brookings County, which raised $3,172.68.
"Thank you to all the counties and clubs who helped raise money for this project," Rider said.
This donation will help grant approximately three wishes and the wishes to children in South Dakota. "Our goal was to raise enough money to grant one wish. We are so thrilled and overwhelmed that we could present a check for $21,500 to Make-A-Wish to help fund three wishes," said Rider, of the presentation made during the 2016 South Dakota State Fair.
Our mission of Make-A-Wish is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
"We are so grateful to the 4-H youth across South Dakota for the generous support of Make-A-Wish South Dakota," said Paul R. Krueger, President and CEO, Make-A-Wish® South Dakota. "This gift will help us create amazing wishes for sick kids and their families - people in our communities who need hope, strength and joy during a very difficult time. It is gratifying to see young people helping other young people."
Krueger added that in addition to the financial support, the efforts of South Dakota 4-H this past year have also created more awareness about Make-A-Wish and who we serve.
To qualify for a wish, a child must be between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 and facing a life-threatening medical condition at the time of referral. Children can be referred by medical professionals, their parents/guardians or family members with direct knowledge of the illness, or by the children themselves. Our vision it to make every eligible child's wish come true. Find out more at the South Dakota Make-A-Wish website.
To learn more about South Dakota 4-H and how you can become involved, visit the 4-H & Youth Community page.
South Dakota State 4-H Youth Council donated $21, 500 to Make-A-Wish, their state-wide community service project for the 2015-2016 4-H year.
Front row left to right: Tessa Sleep, Youth Council President, Emily Muirhead, Youth Council Publicist, April Hamilton, Youth Council Historian, Megan Andersen, Youth Council Vice President, Audrey Rider, Youth Council advisor. Back row left to right: Matt Bogue, Youth Council treasurer, Amanda Dean, Youth Council member, Sydney Hoffman, Youth Council member, and Paul Krueger Make-A-Wish CEO.