By Mikaela Twait, Crafty Critters Public Relations Liaison
Earlier this month, the Crafty Critters 4-H Club held their winter community service and social potluck event. 33 members arrived at the Meridian High School PTC where service project chairman Trenton Hanson had a room full of 20 fleece blankets ready to be tied. The blankets were to be given to Hope’s Door, a shelter for displaced individuals. But first, members had to be separated into groups, so everyone was handed a piece of paper with a Christmas carol on it. We had to find the other people who had our song, but the thing was: we couldn’t sing the song, we could only hum it.
The result was hilarious. The room erupted in a cacophony of noise, and most people resorted to showing other people their songs instead of humming them. Once separated into groups, everyone was given a table with two blankets to tie. During this time, club member Ashton Shaul organized a Christmas Trivia game. Questions like “What was Scrooge’s business partner’s name?” and other fun, festive trivia were asked, and when someone got an answer we laughed and when someone didn’t get an answer, we laughed too. Talking, laughing and getting to know others better, members tied all the fleece blankets for the shelter, and then we were all asked to tie one or two knots on a blanket to be given to fellow club member Colin Steppe, who is in the hospital recovering from surgery.
After all the blankets were tied, the Crafty Critters dairy leader Susi Larrocea-Phillips said the blessing for dinner and we all went into the other room for a delicious potluck. The goal of the event was to bring members together through working to help others around us and sharing a dinner together and I’d say it was a success.