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Local Girl Scout holds blood drive to earn Gold Award


HOUSTON (March 2012) - Girl Scout Acara T. hosted a blood drive to collect donations and education her community on the importance of donating to earn Girl Scouts of the USA's Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts achieve this national recognition.

"I learned how important communication is in regards to keeping everything organized, avoiding problems and reaching goals," said Acara, a senior this fall at DeBakey High School. "I also learned that to inspire others you must have personal 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 I have a cousin who was diagnosed with leukemia at age one," said Acara. "The greatest blessing to him was a number of blood transfusions. I felt that having this blood drive would inspire people to save lives for others just like my cousin."

For her project, Acara led a team of volunteers in planning and hosting her blood drive. She made sure all participants received information about the importance of donating and the positive impact it has on their community. More than 50 people donated in her blood drive.

"Acara learned about the importance of donating blood," said Harriett T., Acara's mother. "She now realizes to replenish the blood supplies that blood drives and donations are important."

Acara has been a member of Girl Scouts for eight years. At DeBakey High School she is a treasurer of the Community Service Club and a member of HOSA. Following graduation she hopes to attend Stanford University to study biochemistry.

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 70,000 girl members and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit

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