Fortuna, Freshwater 4-H Clubs help new moms

Mary Bullwinkel

Beacon Correspondent

A new mom in Fortuna recently received an unexpected gift of a basket full of newborn essentials from two local 4H Clubs. Candice Martella gave birth at Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna during National 4-H week last month and was pleasantly surprised when she received the gift.

Martella gave birth to a little girl, Avery Fockaert, and received a basket with everything a new parent would need, such as diapers, baby wipes, toys, and more.

Emily Machado of the Fortuna 4-H Club and Max Toste of the Freshwater 4-H Club delivered the gift baskets to Martella, and to Samantha Pifferini, who gave birth to baby boy Steven Randall at St. Joseph Hospital during 4-H week.

"It's exciting and rewarding to work on a project like this," said Machado, who has been a 4-H Club member for four years. "This project teaches us to be responsible by collecting donations for the baskets," she said, "and ultimately, it's our way of reaching out to the community."

"I have been a member of 4-H for six years and coordinating this event with Emily has been rewarding," Toste said. "In 4-H, we learn how to 'make the best better,' for ourselves and the community."

"Thanks to the generosity of local clubs and organizations, such as 4-H, patients at both St. Joseph and Redwood Memorial hospitals receive gifts throughout the year," said Leslie Broomall, director of marketing and communications for St. Joseph Health-Humboldt County.

"We are very appreciative of the generosity from so many groups," she said.

Photo by Mary Bullwinkel/Beacon

Fortuna 4-H member Emily Machado, far right, and Freshwater 4-H member Max Toste present new mother Candice Martella, far left, a basket of essentials at Redwood Memorial Hospital.