In March, mom and I had the opportunity to speak to a local Girl Scout troop about GraceWorks. GraceWorks believes in the moto of neighbor serving neighbor and mom and I have loved serving there since we moved here in 2016. In fact, I had the opportunity to intern there in the summer of 2018. It was fantastic and I learned so much that helped me with Jumbled Dreams.
We talked with the Girl Scout troop, about 15 third grade girls, who were earning their philanthropist badge. They were kicking off a food drive for GraceWorks so we had the opportunity to give them a better understanding of what they’re doing for the community.
They were fantastic and full of questions. At the end of the presentation, I told them about how I got started with GraceWorks and how I have my own non-profit now. Their eyes were so big and wide and all of their hands shot up in the air with questions. The sponsors were gracious and allowed us time to answer them all. When we left we promised to meet again and maybe work together on toiletry kits.
Fast forward to September as the girls were having their “bridging” ceremony in Girl Scouts. Mom reached out and asked if they would like to finish off the day with us and pack some toiletry packs for the new emergency homeless shelter in Franklin, TN. They did!
About eight girls came to our house after the ceremony and even brought toiletry donations. They helped separate those out and then made about 75 toiletry packs. Three Echos for Hope students joined to help. To make it even more fun, I gave out candy to the girls for their big day. They did amazing work and I was so proud of their efforts.
As we all hugged and said our goodbyes, I overheard one girl talking to my mom. “I want to stay here with you she said.” My mom said, “You are welcome anytime.” The girl said, “I want to stay here because you help others here and I want to do that too.” I saw my mom wipe away a tear and watched her hug the girl tight. “You come back anytime,” mom said. The girl nodded and walked away.
I think we made a difference today.