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Katie Moyer
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Local Girl Scouts Comfort their Community to Earn Girl Scouts Gold Award

KATY, Texas (May 21, 2008) – Local Seven Lakes High School seniors Lindsey H. and Kristin H. worked to ease the pain of Katy residents while completing the requirements to receive 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.

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 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.

Lindsey wanted to create a healing environment at Memorial Hermann’s new Katy location by uniting the staff and providing them with the tools they need to better comfort their patients. She first took candid pictures of the staff and made a bulletin board to display them. She then gave each nurse station a massage kit that consisted of soft music, lotion and CD players.

“I wanted to help the hospital transition from their move,” said Lindsey, who by assisting others also helped herself. “By helping the hospital improve their customer relations I was able to advance my people skills.” Lindsey looks forward to using her people skills as a nurse upon completing her college degree.

Kristin organized a series of quilting workshops where teenagers made quilts for other teens staying at the Krause Center, a subsidiary of Lutheran Social Services Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the needs of the community. The center houses between 60 and 70 abused or neglected teenagers.

“Teen shelters can be a cold and scary place,” said Kristin. “I was devoted to making blankets that I felt would comfort these teenagers.”

Kristen, along with 29 volunteers, produced and donated 25 quilts. Each quilt took about 10 hours to complete. “I learned the importance of patience while working to meet the needs of the community,” said Kristen.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.5 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 64,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

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