One-day 4-H is a day for all the 4-H members, parents, leaders and volunteers to step out into their communities and county and say “thank you” by giving back to them for more than 103 years of support to 4-H in Texas.

This year, Oct. 8, has been set aside for the second annual one-day 4-H event. The Ellis 4-H County Council voted in July to host two events: a clothes drive to benefit the National Kidney Foundation and a blood drive with Carter BloodCare.

So what can you do? First, you can begin by spreading the word and encouraging your family, friends and neighbors to begin cleaning their closets and bagging up clothes of any size, shoes, accessories (hats, belts, ties, purses, jewelry), bath/linens/bedding, books (no magazines or text books), toys, dishware, pots and pans, small electronics and household items. Pack the clean clothes in garbage bags. Anything breakable should be packaged as if you were moving. Bring your items by the Ellis County Extension Office at 701 S. Interstate 35E in Waxahachie from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 8, for the one-day Drive-Through-and-Donate Event.

“There will be 4-H members and adult leaders there to assist with your donations while you stay in the comfort of your vehicle,” a spokesman said.

Second, you can encourage your family, friends and neighbors to sign up to give blood at the blood drive with Carter BloodCare from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Ace Hardware, 138 E. Ovilla Road. Donors must be at least 16 years old (with written parental consent), weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, be in good general health and have personal photo identification. Every pint of blood that is donated can save three lives; 1,100 donors are needed daily.

Call Donna Evenden at the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Monday through Friday mornings at 972-825-5175 to schedule a time for blood donation.

“Both of these community service opportunities are being done in honor of 4-H alumnus, Austin Jackson,” the spokesman said. “He will be receiving a kidney transplant next spring. Please encourage him by supporting Ellis County’s one-day 4-H events.”