Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Silver Award Spotlight: Birthday Boxes for Local Senior Citizens

Girl Scout Cadette Shealyn earned her Silver Award by collecting donations for senior recipients of Meals on Wheels to make special birthday boxes.

These items collected were filled within a shoe box size box and cheerfully wrapped similar to a birthday present. The wrapped boxes were given on the Meals on Wheel's senior recipients’ birthdays. 

Meals on Wheels is a nationwide network organization of community-based, non-profit programs dedicated to providing seniors in their communities with the support that enables them to remain living in their own homes like a hot meal and safety checks. 

To collect donations, Shealyn created a pamphlet listing ideas of items she was seeking. Her pamphlets were used around the community and were shared with schools, local churches, fellow Girl Scouts, neighbors and libraries

Through generous donations collected, and her hard work, she was able to fill, then wrap, 120 brightly decorated gifts to our local Meals on Wheels for their senior citizen recipients.

In addition to completing the birthday boxes, Shealyn made sure to raise awareness in her community to fellow Girl Scouts about the need to show our local seniors they are remembered- particularly on their birthday!

She said it was important to pass on what she had learned and has even inspired a sister Girl Scout to set a goal to provide enough boxes to Meals on Wheels of Chesapeake Regional Hospital recipients for an additional 120 birthday boxes within 2020 - 2021.

Congratulations, Shealyn!