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Local Girl Scout Reaches Out to Homeless Children for the Holidays and Earns the Gold Award
Girl Scout Alicia H. wanted to give residents of the Yahweh Homeless Shelter the gift of hope last December. In order to reach out to homeless children, she made and decorated 50 Christmas stockings to give to them. Twenty-five volunteers helped cut, sew, paint and stuff the stockings. Alicia worked on her project from August-December and solicited donated items for the stockings from area businesses, other Girl Scout troops and her soccer team.
"I wanted to help children who think that they have been forgotten by society," says Alicia. "They need to know that people care about them and that they are special too." Her project also gave her more confidence in her abilities. "I learned that I can do anything I put her mind to," she says. Alicia also relates the appreciation her volunteers developed for both her and what she was doing. She says, "They realized how much work a Gold Award project was but also how much fun it could be."
It is a significant honor to earn the Gold Award. Girl Scouts who earn this award have demonstrated leadership skills, career planning, community involvement, and personal development. It takes two to three years of intensive work to complete all the requirements for the award. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition. A major component of earning the Gold Award is planning and completing a Gold Award Project that is a service to Girl Scouts and/or the community.
Alicia, who attends Hidden Dell Academy, is the editor of the yearbook and is on the soccer and swim teams. She plans to earn a BA in Early Education from the University of Houston.
Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.5 million girls and adults. Today, as when founded in 1912, GSUSA helps cultivate values, social conscience, and self-esteem in young girls, while also teaching them critical life skills that will enable them to succeed as adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
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