4-H baking party cooks up Thanksgiving joy for many

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KATHLEEN GILLULY
Outlook managing editor
Gibson Waite, Elsa Waite, Ava McKeever, Oriane Hurtig and Caleb Tober show off some of the 76 pies they made with the help of Yellowstone Silver Spurs 4-H clubmates Kelsey Beck, Rachel Hamilton, Lea Bickle, Austin Shinn, Dakotah Shinn and Madeline Felder last weekend. The pies were frozen after a productive day of baking and delivered to Community Hope for inclusion in holiday food boxes and for dessert at the annual community Thanksgiving Festival of Praise.
Oriane Hurtig and Caleb Tober use leftover pastry dough to make themselves mini pies.

For the second year in a row, members of the Yellowstone Silver Spurs 4-H Club have rolled up their sleeves and worked together preparing and baking pies—pumpkin, blueberry and cherry—to make Thanksgiving feasts for families receiving holiday food boxes from Community Hope even more festive.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Elsa Waite said, “and we learned how to make crusts.” One of the supervising adults noted how creative the kids were with the crusts on the fruit pies. Each was garnished with pastry stars, leaves and other shapes of flaky goodness.
While most of the pies will go into holiday food baskets, some will help fuel the feast at the annual Festival of Praise, Laurel’s community Thanksgiving dinner. This year’s dinner is at the First Congregational Church, 505 S. 5th St., noon through 3:30 p.m. Although presented by the Laurel Religious Community, everyone is welcome to attend. Homebound residents of Laurel can have a meal delivered by calling 628-6927. For more information or to volunteer, call Vi Hills at 628-8037.
Considered the biggest and best meal of the year, Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same for some without pumpkin pie.
“This was the first year we made pumpkin,” said CJ Hurtig, who lent her kitchen to the club. “That worked really well for the younger kids because they didn’t have to put a crust on it.”
Pie-baking participants included club members as young as six-years-old through 17-year-old teenagers. After the younger bunch finished up the pumpkin pies, the older crew came to work on the fruit pies.
In addition to honing their baking skills, Yellowstone Silver Spurs 4-H members do a wide variety of projects throughout the year. Some enjoy shooting sports. Others have animals and they host a spring petting zoo at Walmart. This year the club made Valentines to give to nursing home residents. And, they all work on the county-wide Family Fun Night and Clover Days at Tractor Supply Company.
“This has been a really successful project,” Hurtig said about the pies. “We have to thank everyone who made it possible.”
Community Hope had the berries, pumpkin and fillings in its food bank. Reese and Ray’s IGA donated two cases of pie shells and Walmart contributed $100, which paid for incidentals including the makings for the top crusts for the fruit pies.
“The work these kids put in to make Thanksgiving special for so many is just incredible,” said Lisa Foreman, director of Community Hope. “We look forward to this as much as they do. Their contribution is really meaningful.”
The Yellowstone Silver Spurs have given Laurel residents one more thing to be grateful for on Thanksgiving—youth who want to contribute and who have, one pie at a time.

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