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Local Girl Scout makes personal care kits for Star of Hope to earn Gold Award

December 2011

Houston, TX - Girl Scout Emily E. created personal care kits for clients at the Star of Hope to earn Girl Scouts of the USA's Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts achieve this national recognition.

"I learned that lots of people need help in our community, and the little things you do to help make a big difference," said Emily, a 2012 graduate of Cypress Lakes 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.

"I chose this project because of the high unemployment rate," said Emily. "Many people are in need of essential items. Picking this project lets these people receive the items they need to stay healthy."

For her project, Emily held a toiletry supply drive in her neighborhood. She then led a team of volunteers in making more than 200 personal care kits for the Star of Hope clients. Each kit was made out of a washcloth and included toothpaste, a toothbrush, a razor, shampoo and soap. Additional items, such as a comb, conditioner and deodorant were added depending on the gender.

"Emily has learned time management and leadership skills and how to be better organized," said Rhonda E., Emily's mother. "She learned that giving to those in need is very rewarding. She has more self-confidence and has become more generous in helping others who are collecting or selling products for their organization."

Emily was a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years and also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At Cypress Lakes High School she was a member of varsity soccer, varsity golf, National Honor Society and HOSA. This fall she will attend Stephen F. Austin State University to study 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 70,000 girl members and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit

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