On September 11, Lauren and Rebecca Goldman, 7th grade Cadette Girl Scouts and twin sisters from Honey Brook, presented 100 drawstrings bags to Bridge of Hope at their quarterly meeting in Coatesville. The bags are the end result of their Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette could earn and involves a minimum of 50 volunteer hours, although they dedicated close to 70 hours.
The idea to teach the useful, lifetime skill of sewing to peers began in March. After securing a list of friends, Lauren and Rebecca reached out to Bridge of Hope, a faith based, non-profit agency who strives to end and prevent homelessness in Chester and Lancaster counties. Through several communications, it was determined that the bags would be given as a back-to-school kickstart for the children Bridge of Hope recognized and would be stuffed with healthy snacks, reusable water bottle, toothbrush, toothpaste, and simple recipe booklet that Lauren and Rebecca created. Proposals were sent and approved by Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania (GSEP).
Most of June and July was spent securing donations, many from local businesses and friends, both to stuff and sew the bags. The required donations included fabric, thread, borrowed machines, and cord for the drawstring, as well as the items stuffed in the bags. In August, Lauren and Rebecca spent six days leading and teaching their love for sewing to friends, whose ages range from 10 through 12.
Thought-out planning, proposals, leadership, teaching, donation requests, and tenacity are a few of the personal skills Lauren and Rebecca used to make the project a success and could use for future projects. While a final refection needs to be submitted to GSEP to earn the Silver Award, Lauren and Rebecca will be forever thankful for the experience.