4-H members from across the nation have worked to encourage western South Dakota livestock producers and communities impacted by the October blizzard by sending more than 1,000 encouraging notes and hand-made cards.
Visit iGrow.org/news to view a slideshow of some of the cards that have been received.
"The impact of the October blizzard is something that will not be forgotten anytime soon by those who endured the storm. Many youth across the nation are hoping to help heal the wounds of those impacted most," said Tacy Langemeier, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Advisor in Meade County.
Within days of the storm, Langemeier noticed that there were many ways for adults to contribute to the relief efforts, however she didn't see too many ways youth could contribute so she posted a request on a 4-H Facebook page asking youth to send their kind wishes.
"I wanted to give 4-Hers and other youth a way to show they care," Langemeier said.
She said the response has been overwhelming with more than 1,100 cards received from youth in 30 U.S. states and four countries. Many of these cards come from entire 4-H clubs or counties.
The cards are displayed across western South Dakota for the public to see and share. Each card has also been scanned. These scanned cards will be kept on a CD along with pictures of the blizzard as a way to share the story of the blizzard and the kind thoughts of many 4-Hers and youth during a time of need.