Giving Back

Bread and Valentines from the 4-H of Middlesex County

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Erin Glynn gets some help creating valentines cards for the 4-H outreach to St. Peter's Hospital. Credits: TAP into East Brunswick
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Marilyn Teutle prepares cinnamon bread for those who need it. Credits: TAP into East Brunswick
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Feeling the love with the Middlesex County 4-H Credits: TAP into East Brunswick
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Lots of kids; lots of good work.  That's what 4-H is all about. Credits: TAP into East Brunswick
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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Okay, so they baked a few cookies for themselves.  So?  Most of Martin Luther King Day was spent busily baking bread for the needy and writing cards for the hospitalized, as the Middlesex County 4-H community once again supported our community.  The "Green Titans," a 4-H teen Leadership Group in New Brunswick help to bake and distribute breads - cinnamon apple smelled the best- to Elijah's Promise today as part of their annual effort to bring some hopeful deliciousness to the Soup Kitchen that feeds a great many of Middlesex County's needy.

Though Martin Luther King Day recently has become recognized as a "National Day of Service," 4-H Coordinator Laura Bovitz says that "Cookie Baking Day" is a fifteen-year-long tradition for the youth group: "Kids always come in on their day off and do something good in the process."  Recently, though, 4-Hers have offered a "healthier option," instead of cookies.

According to Erin Glynn, a Monroe High School sophomore who has been a member of 4-H for ten years, " We are a big family.  We always try to bring a smile and strive to help the community."  Glynn has learned a great deal in 4-H, and she plans to develop her skills in college.  She plans to become a professional dog handler, trainer, and groomer.  As a member of the 4-H Teen Council and Youth Council, she has enjoyed working with the Frisky Paws dog training program.

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Members also made Valentines for other kids who will be in St. Peter's Hospital Pediatric Unit this year on the holiday.  Glynn says, " We are making cards to bring cheer to those who don't have the resources to enjoy these holidays or whose circumstances keep them from being at home."

The 4-H is also looking forward to the "Breakfast with the Bunnies" event to be held this year on Saturday March 19.

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