4-H Member Honored for Citizenship Project Print
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Written by Amanda Heitz   
Friday, 22 March 2013 12:40

Jessica Irving, 12, of Grand Mound found a way to use her sewing skills to help others and has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President's Volunteer Service Award.

The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was presented by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Jessica participated in the Spirit of Community program this year as a representative of the Liberty 4-H Club.

Jessica earned her award by continuously making & donating fabric covered tissue covers for breast cancer patients. She creates each tissue holder, or "Jessie's Jems" as she now calls them, out of breast cancer themed fabric, then tucks a travel-size packet of tissue inside. Once completed, they are delivered to the Kenneth H. McKay Center for Breast Health at the Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, where their staff distributes them to newly diagnosed patients.

Jessica truly enjoys creating each "Jem" and feels good because when patients get them, they know someone cares and hopefully this little gift can make them smile. Jessica's 4-H leaders say "Jessica is not only one to put her mind to creative projects and ideas, but also has developed many leadership skills, one of which is helping fellow club members' with sewing projects."

John R. Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial which sponsors the awards states that "In recognizing these students and placing a spotlight on their volunteer service activities, we hope to motivate others to consider how they can also contribute to their community."