4H Club Kids Coordinate Compassionate Food Drive

Courtesy photo    Members of a 4H club based in Alameda created a food drive based on the story of Depression-Era Kit Kittredge, an American Girl doll.

Members of the East Hills 4H American Girl and Boy History Club, based in Alameda, collected food and beverages to donate to the Alameda Food Bank recently.

This past year, the 4H Club studied significant periods of American history in conjunction with American Girl historical dolls, books and films. The food drive was inspired by American Girl character Kit Kittredge who grew up during the Great Depression.

Kit’s character is a resourceful young girl, a volunteer at the local newspaper, whose bravery, compassion and determination help her save her family’s home, volunteering with homeless in her community and helping those in need during the Great Depression.

The current homeless crisis inspired the children to create this food-donation drive. Reading about Kit’s relationship with the homeless and disadvantaged was something the children could relate to in their own communities of Alameda and Oakland.

In addition to the food drive for Kit’s historical period, children planted mini “victory gardens” and learned about the history of the Great Depression, including The New Deal and the Civilian Conservation Corps which was a voluntary public work relief program for unemployed men that operated from 1933 to 1942 in the United States under president Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

“I wish that Alameda could have a job program for the homeless people,” said 4H member Zuzu Pace.