JCPenney (JCP) has raised a whopping 858,835 pennies that have been donated to youth programs like 4-H, Boys and Girls Club of America, YMCA, and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). The money has been collected through an exciting program called "Pennies From Heaven," a project to help improve after-school programs. According to JCP, compelling data has revealed that one out of every four students in the U.S. is unsupervised after school every day, signifying that more support is needed to meet the growing demand. Of course, 4-H is one of the leading youth organizations in the country, and I'm thrilled they are on the list for organizations to support.
Of the organization, JCP writes that, "4-H is a youth development organization where the youth step up to the challenges of our changing, complex world. We call that a revolution of responsibility, which is a movement for positive change in every community in America. 4-H youth are a living, breathing, culture-changing revolution for doing the right thing, breaking through obstacles and pushing our country forward by making a measurable difference right where they live. That takes uncommon commitment. Learn more about 4-H here ."
JCP is challenging all of us to help donate 100,000 pennies to each of these organizations. Link here  to get involved and start donating and collecting pennies today. I hope you'll consider getting involved with this partnership and raising dollars for 4-H programs across the country.
One of my favorite memories of being in 4-H was showing cattle. I remember crying when I won my first trophy with my heifer, Reba. And, I remember posing with my first purple ribbon after I gave a speech about Limousin cattle. Summer days were spent making crafts, baking cookies, filling out entry cards, keeping records on cattle feed and adding pages to my 4-H book, all in preparation for the county achievement days. 4-H builds strong leaders and shapes the future of the agriculture industry.
What's your favorite 4-H memory? Why is the program important to you? What do you think about this JCP partnership to raise money for a youth-in-agriculture program?
Watch this "I Am Angus" segment to learn more about JCPenney: