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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout makes care packages for animals to earn Gold Award

KATY (Jan. 26, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Lindsey C. created care packages for animals at Citizens for Animal Protection to earn 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.

“I learned how to work with and lead many different types of people,” says Lindsey, a 2010 graduate of Seven Lakes High School. “I learned to work with all age groups and how to organize a food drive.”

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 animals are very important to me and all animals need help,” explains Lindsey. “Foster animals are often forgotten, so I wanted to help them.”

To make the care packages, Lindsey organized a food drive and held workshops to sew toys and bags, make blankets and bake treats. She collected enough pet food and toys to fill an Expedition and car. The workshops lasted four to six hours a day for six days and had about nine attendees.

“Lindsey learned the important role effective leadership plays in motivating others to participate and succeed in completing community service projects as her own,” says Evangelina Connors, Lindsey’s mother. “She also learned how challenging it is to get others to commit with very busy schedules. Most importantly, she learned the care packages were much needed by the foster pet homes who carry the financial burden.”

As a member of Girl Scouts, Lindsey participated in STARRS and cookie sales. At Seven Lakes High School, she was involved in theater and National Honor Society. An aspiring chef, she has placed in many cooking competitions and has earned a scholarship from the Greater Houston Restaurant Association. Currently, she attends the Culinary Institute of American and is majoring in baking and pastry management.

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 72,000 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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