“Change for Change” is one of Oklahoma 4-H service projects. Every year throughout the state, 4-Hers collect change to donate to the Oklahoma Children’s Hospital Foundation. All the money collected goes toward supporting research, education and doctors. Children that are sick in Oklahoma no longer have to leave the state to find good care; because they have everything they could ever need right here at home.
Last year $15,000 was raised in Oklahoma, and Tom Manske, the Director of Development for the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation, agreed to shave his mustache if the goal was met. It was, and he did. Tori Booker, Jackson County 4-H Ambassador and County Youth Council Secretary made a similar deal with Gary Strickland, Jackson County Extension Educator/Ag/4-H/CED. If the county 4H youth raised $1,000 Strickland agreed to shave the beard he has been growning for nearly three years. He agreed, so the game is on!
Tori would like for Southwest Oklahoma to be represented well at the 4-H Roundup, and locally, almost $100 in change has been donated.
The county 4-H clubs have decided to make a competition between themselves as to which club could get the most donations. Tori will be going around to local businesses to ask about putting a change jar in their establishment. There is already a jar at the Jackson County Extension Office, 2801 N. Main in Altus. Tori wants to encourage folks to stop by the County Fair 4H Booth, Sept. 10-12, and put some change in for this worthy cause.
“All it takes is a little loose change to make a difference in a child’s life,” said Tori.