Iowa 4-H Achieves Goal of 10,000 Masks Donated

AMES, Iowa – On Wednesday, April 8, Iowa 4-H challenged its members, volunteers, alumni and staff to make and donate 10,000 face masks to the people and organizations in their local communities who need them. In only nine days, the Iowa 4-H family has already met their goal.
Iowa 4-H is the youth development program of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Iowa 4-H programs empower young people to be well-informed citizens who are actively engaged in their communities and the world. 4-H members pledge their “hands to larger service,” and in this challenge, they acted fast to respond to local needs, says Lisa Berkland, ISU Extension and Outreach 4-H field specialist.
Helping her community through service projects is one of Aliza Woodford’s favorite things to do as a part of 4-H. Woodford is a member of the Palo Alto Shooting Sports club. “I have donated face masks to the staff at a local coffee shop. I have also made some for my family and our foreign exchange student that had to return home early,” said Woodford. “I knew that I had the ability to make these face masks, and I wanted to help people. There are many people who are essential workers and I wanted to make a difference for them.”
There is still a need for masks in Iowa communities as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises the voluntary use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus.
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