River Valleys’ Girl Scout Jessica, from Farmington, MN, was recently selected as a “Distinguished Finalist” for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards in the State of Minnesota’s Top Youth Volunteers 17th Annual National Awards Program. After learning about the award, Jessica entered her Girl Scout Gold Award project that benefited patients at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital.
In researching of the needs of the hospital, Jessica and her troop member Amber discovered that while the hospital receives many donations for children, they don’t receive many donations for teenagers. They were interested in helping these young adults feel more comfortable during their stay in the hospital. To achieve this, they put together teen activity packs, which included magazines, games, craft items and toiletry items.
They worked with the hospital to determine what to include in the packages, and held garage sales and car washes to raise proceeds for the items and educate the public about the need. The girls were originally planning to make 100 packs for teens; however, their hard work and inspirational attitude paid off and they girls raised enough funds to make activity packs for 216 teenagers.
In order to continue their project, the girls provided their supply list and other resources to the hospital to pass on to other who want to help. They also worked with a Brownie troop to make their own care packages for children in the hospital.