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Extension: Ways the 4-H club gives back to the community
4-H Christmas Tree Recycling
Local 4-H club members will partner with Keep Forsyth County Beautiful for Bring One for the Chipper Christmas Tree Recycling on Jan. 5.

The 4-H clubs always strives to use its head, heart, hands and health in every activity. This holiday season, Forsyth County 4-H is focusing on using the heart to feel for others in the community. On Dec. 18, the club will be hosting a holiday celebration during the monthly meeting. 

Each month, members of the 4-H community club find some way to serve their community, and December is no exception. While the holiday party will be an exciting event full of fun, games, snacks, and recreation, 4-H leaders are asking each child to bring at least one canned food item as their “ticket” in to the event. The canned food items will be donated through a local nonprofit food bank to help feed residents of Forsyth County during the holiday season. 

The 4-H community club is open to all youth in Forsyth County in the fourth-12th grades, and new members are welcomed to come to the December meeting which will be held at the Forsyth County Central Park’s Recreation Center banquet room from 7-8 p.m. Dec. 18. 

4-H’ers will continue using their hearts in our community throughout the year in many events. The next service opportunity will be to partner with Keep Forsyth County Beautiful for Bring One for the Chipper Christmas Tree Recycling. On Jan. 5, 4-H club members will be at the Home Depot on Market Place Boulevard in Cumming to accept your live Christmas trees for a recycling drive. These trees will be mulched, and available to the public at Coal Mountain Park. Visit for more information on when and how to pick-up woodchips.

Other 4-H community service activities include volunteering at the Forsyth County Animal Shelter, collecting pop-tabs for the Ronald McDonald House charities, making donatable crafts for senior citizens, veterans, and animals in the Forsyth County animal shelter, and many others. 

For more information on how to sign up for any 4-H events and service projects, or on how to support the local 4-H Club, contact the UGA Extension office at (770) 887-2418 or You can also like and follow us on Facebook at In Forsyth County, 4-H is supported by The University of Georgia, Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, Forsyth County Board of Education, and United Way of Forsyth County.

 - By Jack Lowery