Gifts for Grands night coming to Valentino’s

Pathfinders 4-H Club invites you to enjoy supper at Valentino’s this Monday, Dec. 4, and help with a very worthy cause this Christmas. Gifts for Grands is a charity that aims to give gifts during the holidays to local nursing home residents. They fill bags with goodies and deliver them to the residents to brighten their holidays. With your help, their goal for 2017 is over 300 gifts. Valentino’s will donate 10 percent of sales to this project on Monday evening, from 5-8 p.m. Dine in or carry out. Thank you for your support for the Pathfinders 4-H Club as they make our community a better place through the Gifts for Grands holiday giving.

Give the gift of knowledge

We all know the gifts that 4-H gives to kids and families as they learn, grow, discover, try new things and build skills for life. 4-H is a hands-on family-oriented program aiming “to make the best better.” 4-H teaches citizenship, leadership, communications, family learning, character and so much more. This holiday, why not give the 4-H gift of knowledge to your children, neighbors, family or friends. The 2017 holiday bundle is $15 and it includes a 4-H t-shirt (design of choice), a member’s record book cover and the career portfolio tabs. Stop by the Extension Office, Monday through Friday, anytime between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Watch for specials each week on our Facebook page and be the first to purchase the bundle at the Extension Office and get the special. 4-H will make not only the holidays a special time but an child’s entire lifetime!

Fantasy of Trees

The holidays are here and there’s lots going on in our community. Gage County 4-H shines bright at the Fantasy of Trees, sponsored by the Beatrice Chamber of Commerce. Stop by to see our tree, “Celebrate the Good Life in 4-H,” displayed at the Carnegie Building on North Fifth Street, for some holiday spirit.

Pay it forward

When someone does you a favor or a kind deed, pay it forward. This refers to repaying the good deeds one has received by doing good things for others. In this way, helping each other can spread through society, making the world a better place. Sometimes the simplest idea can make a big difference, not only during the holidays, but all year long.

The joy of giving

It’s a great time of year to get into the spirit of giving. Everyone has the potential to give, no matter what your age or circumstances. One of the greatest joys in life is giving, benefiting both the giver and the receiver.

Consider giving your time or money to help others. Volunteer to help children and families in need. Incorporate the idea of giving into your family traditions and celebrations. Brainstorm with your kids or family for ways you can help others. Step up and volunteer!

There is a mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life - happiness, freedom and peace of mind - are attained by giving them to someone else. Take time to enrich your life and lift your spirits as you give of yourself. For it is in giving that we receive. Enjoy the blessings of helping others.

Be happier and healthier

We all want to be happy and healthy, live our lives well and be stress free. Here are some tips: connect with others. Stay positive. Be physically active. Help others. Get enough rest. Create joy and satisfaction. Eat well. Take care of your spirit. Learn to deal better with hard times. This website offers research-based, practical tools: Remember to live your life well and be happier and healthier.

Bring on those holiday cards

It’s the holidays and we will receive many beautiful cards from friends and family. Read them, say thanks for their friendship, and bundle them up to recycle. Drop your cards off at the Extension Office; we network with BSDC in the collection of holiday and greeting cards of all occasions. BSDC supports the St. Jude’s Ranch and does projects with the cards. Extension Office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Simple inspirations

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?” (Dr Seuss).


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