Eureka (October 15, 2013) – In recognition of National 4-H Week, local 4-H clubs celebrated by giving
gift baskets to new parents at St. Joseph and Redwood Memorial Hospital
hospitals. National 4-H Week takes place every October and is celebrated
in Humboldt County by recognizing the first babies born during the week.
On October 9, Max Toste, president of the Freshwater 4-H club, and Emily
Machado, a reporter for the Fortuna 4-H club, gave baskets to new mom
Candice Martella at Redwood Memorial Hospital. Martella gave birth to
a baby girl, Avery Fockaert, on October 8. Martella's basket was filled
with all the essentials any new parent needs – diapers, baby wipes,
toys and more.
At St. Joseph Hospital, Samantha Pifferini, who gave birth to a baby boy
named Steven Randall on October 7, was also given a basket stuffed with
newborn essentials. Neither recipient knew they were going to receive
the baskets so it came as a very pleasant surprise.
Every 4-H club in Humboldt County was asked to give a gift to include in
the baskets. Emily Machado, a 4-H club member for four years, said it's
exciting and rewarding to work together on projects such as this one.
"This project teaches us to be responsible by collecting donations
for the basket. Ultimately it's our way of reaching out to the community,"
said Machado. Max Toste added "I have been a member of 4-H for six
years, and coordinating this event with Emily has been rewarding. 4-H
encourages us to be responsible and positive members in our community
and to become part of something bigger - to help each other out and care
about our community around us," said Toste. "In 4-H we learn
how to 'make the best better,' for ourselves and our community."
Thanks to the generosity of local clubs and organizations, such as 4-H,
patients at both St. Joseph and Redwood Memorial Hospital hospitals receive
gifts throughout the year. The gifts have ranged from blankets to toys
for pediatric patients to baskets for new parents. St. Joseph Health –
Humboldt County is very appreciative of the generosity from so many different groups.
Max Toste, Freshwater 4-H club president, and Emily Machado, Fortuna 4-H
club reporter, present a basket filled with baby gifts to new mom Samantha
Pifferini at St. Joseph Hospital as part of 4-H Baby Week.
Baskets filled with baby gifts and supplies were given to new parents at
St. Joseph and Redwood Memorial Hospital hospitals on October 9 during
4-H Baby Week.