LUSK – An increase in COVID numbers for Niobrara County didn’t stop the 4-H Council’s fundraising efforts at the November Mustard Seed dinner. This dinner is hosted by the 4-H Council as an imperative part of their fundraising to support the 4-H program in Niobrara County. Council members, 4-H members and parents all helped putting in action the “hands” part of the 4-H pledge which states, “I pledge….my hands to larger service.”
After an increase in positive COVID cases in Niobrara County the council followed the advice of County Health Officer Dr. Joleen Falkenburg and decided to hold their dinner as a “to-go” function. Nachos or tacos were available along with all the fixings.
Extension agent Kellie Chichester stood outside taking orders at a card table and communicating those orders to older 4-H members and council leaders in the kitchen at the Episcopal church.
After placing an order either in person or via messenger, phone call or text community members could pick it up from a masked and gloved Chichester and contribute the donation they felt the meal was worth. The order fulfillment time rivaled that of the most efficient restaurant and the service definitely came with a smile.
Leaders stated that they served around 50 meals. While this isn’t as high as past years when they were able to serve the meal in the dining room they were still pleased with the turn out and appreciated all the support from the community.