It has often been said that it “takes a community to raise a child.” Well, with the help of the community, Hinesville resident Jaiden Thompson has received numerous donations in support of her Girl Scout Gold Award Project. Last week the Bradwell Institute senior received donations of book bags and assorted personal hygiene items from a local newcomer Your Family Hospice of Hinesville. This organization reached out to Thompson after seeing one of her fliers requesting donations of personal hygiene items, school supplies and clothing. With the generous help of Your Family Hospice she will deliver another car load of school supplies and personal hygiene items to the Coastal Academy GNATS.
Thompson has been working on her Girl Scout Gold Award Project since late November and if donations continue to come in she will be well on her way to earning her Gold Award. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award a girl can earn in Girl Scouting. While often compared to the Boy Scouts’ Eagle Award, the Girl Scout Gold Award requires sustainable change. Girls who pursue their Gold Award aspire to transform an idea and vision for change into an actionable plan with measurable, sustainable, and far-reaching results.
To receive the award, girls must complete a service project that reaches beyond the Girl Scout organization and provides lasting benefit to the larger community. Girls commit a minimum of 80 hours to a specific project over the time span of one to two years. The project must include community involvement, an innovative approach, project sustainability, and educating and inspiring others.
The staff at Your Family Hospice released the following statement: “We understand the importance of giving back to our community and being an essential resource. As a new organization, we are doing our best to get our name out there and support the community around us. We are devoted to providing high quality, highly personalized, competent hospice care with total regard for dignity and comfort of those we serve. We pride ourselves on careful attention to the personal, emotional, and spiritual individuality of each patient. We are also proud to be able to support the ideas and efforts of young people in our community.”