Thursday, 09 April 2020 12:18

4-H Leaders Serving The Community to Fight Covid-19

SARATOGA SPRINGS — One 4-H family in Saratoga County is doing their part to support the frontline workers battling to help fight Covid 19. 

The Russells from Ballston Spa started out using skills and values learned through 4-H to make protective face shields for family and friends. Little did they know at the time, that it would grow to be so much more. To date the Russells have made over 180 masks and have donated them 60 going to St. Peter’s hospital, 40 going to Eddy Visiting nurses, 50 going to SUNY POLY and 36 have been delivered to individuals. 

“I couldn’t help but to share this with the community,” said Greg Stevens, Saratoga County 4-H Issue Leader. “These are the values that 4-H teaches today’s youth. To be selfless, creative, and always help others when you can. I couldn’t be prouder to be involved with folks like this on a daily basis.” 

The family was not looking for recognition for what they are doing. Lisa Russell (pictured) said, “We feel like we’re helping our medical people just a little bit.” 

And the group continues to grow. According to Tyler, other kids and families in the community are starting their own “posse” of families who want to help the cause. The family and friends will be printing more in the upcoming days and weeks. 

The Russells along with mother/grandmother Carol Bertone are a three-generation family that has been involved with the 4-H program in Saratoga County for 44+ years. Through the years the Russells have always been active and are currently the Resource Leaders for one of the biggest 4-H Robotics Programs in New York State. It was a simple transition to utilize their 3-D Printer often utilized for 4-H Projects to be used for this greater cause. 

4-H connects youth to hands-on learning opportunities that help them grow into competent, caring, contributing members of society. Youth participate in 4-H by joining community clubs, or participating in in-school and after school programs. 

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