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Prairie Rangers gain satisfaction from community service projects

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Photo submitted Prairie Rangers 4-H Club members earned money by working at Delta Pizza Hut. The money was then donated to the Abraham Connection, for finishing touches on the new homeless shelter.

Community service is defined as services volunteered by a person or a group of people that help with something in the community without receiving compensation. Anyone who participates in community service does get a reward, though: the satisfaction of helping their community. Serving the community is a large part of being a 4-H member. It is also a great way for children to learn the value of helping others.

The Prairie Rangers 4-H club has been involved in many acts this year that benefitted the community. The kids baked cookies for local Delta County first responders, which were delivered to them personally by a few of the club members. The club also chose the Abraham Connection to be the recipient of its monetary donation this year. The Prairie Rangers partnered with Delta Pizza Hut, where members volunteered their time helping bus tables and seat people. The money they received was given to the Abraham Connection as a donation to help them put finishing touches on their new building. Board members Karl Martin and Aaron Clay received a check from the club members and leaders at Cleland Park in Delta.

The Abraham Connection used to be in the basement of the Delta United Methodist Church, but this year it received enough money, through grants and donations, to start building its own large facility. The new location for the shelter is at the corner of 5th and Silver Streets in Delta. It is opening Nov. 1. The Abraham Connection is a place for people who don't have a place to call their own to stay and eat. They spend the night and leave at 8 every morning after a filling breakfast and with a sack lunch. Then they are welcome back at 6 every evening and eat supper, talk with friends, and have a safe, warm place to sleep. The Abraham Connection will also have a family sleeping room, where families can be together through the night. The Abraham Connection is a great, local nonprofit organization and volunteers are always needed.

If you want to help out in your area, then start doing some community service. Community service doesn't have to be a big, grand thing. It can be you helping take care of your neighbor's dog for free or helping your friends clean up the park. The possibilities are endless, so get out there and help your community today.

Skyler Sakala
Prairie Rangers

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