Twenty-seven Livingston County 4-H members created holiday cards that were given to Mama Cindy - a local volunteer who ships care packages to servicemen and women. Altogether, 80 cards were made and signed during two 4-H Activity Night workshops.

4-H Activity Nights are monthly get-togethers open to all enrolled 4-H members. Topics vary each month and give 4-H members an opportunity to try something new, meet other 4-H families, and make new friends.

Each year, 4-H Educator Renee Hopkins tries to include at least one community service project in the monthly activity nights. She used a previous community service project done by the Scottsburg Highlanders 4-H Club as inspiration for this year’s activity.

The response from 4-H families was fantastic! “Once the groups got started, they didn’t stop for the next hour,” said Hopkins.

The handmade Christmas Cards were added to packages being shipped to K-9 Units stationed in Qatar, Kuwait, Africa and Afghanistan. The K-9s received dog biscuits (184) and rope toys while their handlers received a Christmas Card, hot chocolate, chocolate candy (266 pieces) and candy canes (114).

“You guys are the best!” said Mama Cindy. “Know you will have put smiles on many soldier’s faces this Christmas season.”

“It was a wonderfully fulfilling kick off to the holiday season and offered us all time to reflect on the many ways we are grateful for our freedom and safety,” said Hopkins.

According to her website, Mama Cindy has shipped 9,362 “Care Packages” and 4,372 “Diddy Boxes” to troops stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, Japan, Africa, Cuba, Kuwait, Qatar, Germany, Turkey, Italy, China, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Romania and Saudi Arabia (as of 11-1-19).

For more information about the Livingston County 4-H Program, visit or contact the CCE Livingston County office at 585-991-5420 | 585-335-1752.