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Former Frederick County 4-H shows what the H's are really all about!

Megan and Jeremy delivering caps to St. Jude's Children's Hospital
Megan and Jeremy delivering over 700 hats to St. Jude's Children's Hospital
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Megan Toms

Megan Toms, a former 4-Her and Frederick County's 2012 4-H Queen, embraced all four H's this year at Stevenson University.  As part of the honors program at Stevenson University, students are given a $20 Challenge, where they are asked to make as big a difference as they can with only $20. Megan and her partner Jermey chose a project called Caps for Cures, collecting homemade hats and monetary donations for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Her goal was to collect 500 hats and $1000 for the hospital by May of 2013.

Using her community connections and know-how, Megan contacted local media outlets and community groups to raise awareness of her project.  After being featured in the Gazette, Megan and Jeremy set-up several successful workshops, teaching volunteers how to knit, and collecting hats along the way.  Megan and Jeremy's story was also featured in the Frederick News Post as they neared the conclusion of their project.  

Two semesters and many balls of yarn later, Megan and Jeremy can call their project a success!

"Thank you so much to all of the 4-Hers and their families who supported Caps 4 Cures! With your help and many others, we were able to exceed our goal of 500 hats and collect a total of 750 hats for the children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital! They were delivered to the hospital on July 12 to be given to the patients" - Megan Toms

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