The generous citizens of Clay County have donated more than $7,000 to benefit the 12 county
volunteer fire departments. Clay County TEEA Extension Club members will present checks to the individual departments at the February Clay County Firefighters Association meeting.
The Clay County Extension Club spearheaded the project with a drawing for a queen-size Cathedral Window quilt and five Texas-theme gift baskets. Members donated all the materials and labor for project. More than 3,000 hours were spent constructing the quilt, gathering and making the Texas-theme gift baskets and soliciting donations.
Every person that helped with the project or purchased a donation ticket deserves credit for this successful project that ultimately benefits all county citizens. More than 350 donation benefit tickets were purchased for the project.
Phillip and Nell Howard had the lucky donation ticket that was drawn for the quilt.
Other lucky donors winning Texas theme gift baskets were Dr. Leroy and Joan Schaffner, Widgy and Mary Brown,
Rayford and Carla Sue Pullen, Brandon and Betty Ellsworth and Jerry D. Baird, who is Nell Howard’s brother.
The Benefit took more than three years to complete. Three club members who generously contributed to the project, and are no longer with us are Charlene Thurman of Dean, Ann Bennet of Dean and Barbara Lowe of Buffalo Springs. Contributing members are Louise Green, Sherri Halsell, Janice Hise, Nell Howard, Darlene Lyde, Sue Woodson, Sue Murray, Doris Payne, Linda Ray, Mary Robinson, Joan Schaffner, Janette Lee, Edith Harris, Yvonne Scholl and Vicky Yurcho. Jerri Skelton, County Extension Secretary and the Clay County AgriLife Extension office were also instrumental in the success of this project.
Clay County TEEA Extension Club is assisted by the AgriLife Extension in providing family and consumer science information to members and the public. Membership is open to all and regular meetings are held on second and fourth Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. Most of the meetings are at the Clay County USDA Agricultural Building west of the Henrietta Post Office. For more information call the extension office at (940) 538-5042.