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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout donates handmade quilts to charity, earns Gold Award

HOUSTON (March 29, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Georgia W. recruited volunteers to help her hand-make quilts that were donated to her local Ronald McDonald House to earn the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.

“I found that if I put my mind to something, it can get done,” says Georgia, a graduate of Santa Fe High School.

Earning the Gold Award is a significant honor that requires recipients to demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, career planning, community involvement and personal development. It takes more than 100 service hours and two to three years of intensive work to complete the award requirements, which include planning and completing a project that is a service to the community.

“When Hurricane Ike hit, there were many changes that occurred on Galveston Island,” explains Georgia as to why she chose the project. “Many of the people who usually made donations were dealing with their own tragedies. Ronald McDonald House put on a notice in the Galveston Daily News asking for donations, specifically quilts. I knew exactly what I needed to do.”

Georgia led over 45 volunteers in making quilt squares that were combined to make 10 quilts. These were donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Galveston along with stuffed animals.

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Georgia earned her Bronze Award and is a lifetime member. At Santa Fe High School, she was a member of student government, Students Against Destructive Decisions, yearbook, Strengthbank and athletics. She currently attends College of the Mainland and is studying nursing.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 72,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

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