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Perry County 4-H Junior Leaders’ Service Snowballs

Perry County Junior Leaders with the blankets they made to donate to Nationwide Children's Hospital.

The efforts of Perry County 4-H Junior Leaders snowballed in December when they participated in The Snowflake Movement. The program began in 2017 thanks to Maddi Webb, a Perry County 4-H alumna who was a patient at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Her stay inspired her to do something to improve the morale of patients over the winter. Each winter season, she recruits school and community groups to make paper snowflakes which are installed on the windows at children’s hospitals to give them an enjoyable winter view.

What started as a small-town Perry County project spread rapidly across the state, and now benefits children’s hospitals across the Midwest! Recently, Maddi expanded the project to include making fleece tie blankets to give patients something warm and cozy to have in their rooms. The Perry County 4-H Junior Leaders completed ten blankets in December, part of the 125 blankets donated to Nationwide Children’s Hospital this year by the Snowflake Movement.