Living Well In Yalobusha County

Reclaim ‘Lost Skills’ By Joining MHV Club

By Pamela Redwine


The crochet and scarf classes had a great turnout and were a lot of fun.  Many of the participants are now making items which they can use as gifts or sell to the public. If you missed the crochet classes, or you would like to learn more we will have two more classes in April– Thursday, April 18 and Thursday, April 25–from 10 a.m. until noon. The classes are free, however you will need to bring a crochet needle and yarn. Canning classes will start in May.  Keep watching this article, for more information on programs and workshops that are coming up.
The 4-H Clover Buds, which is for ages 5-9, will meet on Thursday, April 18 at 4 p.m. at the Yalobusha County Extension Office.   We will discuss clothing as well as practice modeling during this free meeting.  Please bring with you one of your favorite spring outfits. You will not be wearing the outfit, only using it to look at to write a description. Please call 675-2730 to reserve your child’s spot.
On Saturday, April 20 at 10 a.m. The FCS 4-H Clubs will travel to the Yalobusha Nursing Home in Water Valley for a 4-H Spring Fashion Show, which will be held at 10:30 a.m.  During the fashion show, 4-H members from both FCS clubs will have the opportunity to model their outfit for the residents and staff of the nursing home. You must attend the April 4-H meetings to model in the fashion show.
The Healthy You Exercise class meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Wear cool clothes, comfortable shoes and bring some water to drink.
Don’t forget to like us on Facebook at MSU- Yalobusha County Exten-sion Service to keep up with our upcoming events.
This week, April 15-19,  is a very special week. It is Mississippi Homemaker Volunteer Week. If you are a regular to this article or if you read the Yalobusha County Extension Service Newsletter, then you see the acronym “MHV” often.  The Mississippi Home-maker Volunteer (MHV) organization has been around for many years (the earliest record I could find was 1921).  During this time they have played a very important part in strengthening families and communities through education and community involvement.
“Homemaker” clubs, as they are often called, are usually a group of people from the same community or people with a shared interest (such as sewing, quilting, gardening, etc) that meet on monthly basis.  During the meetings they usually have a program on a given topic and discuss projects that they participate in.
Some of the projects MHV Clubs participate in include:
• Collecting Campbell’s soup labels for schools to get money for supplies;
• Collecting coke tabs to cash in and give money to Ronald McDonald House;
• Collecting eye glasses for the Lion’s Club;
•Collecting Box tops for education;
• Collect Books and donate them to Head Start;
• Make items for Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson;
• Pillowcases, gowns, blankets, cough pillows, therapy dolls, caps etc.;
• Participate in Child Abuse Prevention Month;
• Make tote bags and quilts for the Ronald McDonald House;
• Participate in local canned food drive and donate to local food pantries;
• Donate teddy bears to Mississippi Highway Patrol;
• Donate stuffed animals to DHS;
• Make pillowcase dresses for Little Dresses for Africa;
• Make Shorts for Haiti
• Assist with community events;
• Assist with 4-H Youth clubs;
• Participate in MHV Scholarship Program;
• And much more
I am proud to say that Yalobusha County has two active MHV Clubs. The United Y.C. MHV Club meets every third Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Extension Office located in the Multi-Purpose Building in Coffeeville.
The Water Valley Homemaker’s Project meets on the second Monday at 5 p.m. in different member’s home each month. Now is a great time to join MHV. Many people are interested in learning “lost skills” such as canning, sewing, quilting, crocheting, gardening and more. MHV can help teach those skills as well as give you an outlet to help teach others or use those skills to serve others.
If you are interested in finding out more information about either of our clubs or you are interested in joining either of the clubs or starting a new one  please give us a call at the extension office we would love to have you!

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