Katy Girl Scout makes blankets for cancer patients to earn Gold AwardGirl Scouts, San Jacinto Council, Logo

HOUSTON (November, 2011) - Girl Scout Alyssa D. made fleece tie blankets for MD Anderson Cancer Center patients 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 learned to be extremely organized so that I could schedule all of the times and locations into my busy student schedule," said Alyssa, a 2011 graduate of Katy High School. "It was enjoyable making the blankets with different groups of girls and providing health and wellness information to them also."

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.

"I chose this project because my mom has spent time in various hospitals, and I know that she is always cold and wanting more blankets," said Alyssa.

For her project, Alyssa led volunteers in learning to make fleece tie blankets. While the volunteers worked, Alyssa taught them about several health topics that affect women.

"Alyssa has always led others well and enjoys being a team member," said Donna D., Alyssa's mother. "She was very organized and scheduled times and locations for various groups of participants and called and sent them reminders. She learned to work with all types of people."

Alyssa was a member of Girl Scouts for 11 years. At Katy High School she was a member of track, dance, cheerleading and orchestra. She is currently attending Texas A&M University studying biology.

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 70,000 girl members and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

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