I received this email yesterday from Anna H. from New Jersey. I just had to share it with you.
The subject line of the email said: "Daughter earns Gold Award via Red Scarf Project!"
My daughter who is 16 years old just earned her Gold Award for Girl Scouting. It is the highest award bestowed to a Girl Scout who has demonstrated Leadership, Character and Service. She wanted to pick a project that had meaning to her. She toyed with projects geared towards children or the elderly but none quite clinched it for her. It was thru your website and the Orphan Foundation of America that she felt this was the project that touched her heart. And she wanted to reach out to her peers. She also knows firsthand what it means to get a Care Package from home; her older sister is a freshman in college and is absolutely thrilled to get mail, let alone a Care Package.
Megan did not crochet before this. She does not knit. But, with a nice lady at our local Michael's Craft Store, Megan was able to learn one stitch. The single crochet. Her goal was to make 50 scarves herself and reach out to the community and collect another 50 scarves. Her goal was a total of 100 scarves. When all was said and done, she sent in 260 scarves! She personally made 47 but the numbers alone doesn't tell the whole story. She taught her grandmother how to do the single crochet and Grandma pitched in and made some. Megan went to senior citizen's housing, Jersey Knitters, and Girl Scout Leaders' meeting and presented her project.
When it was time to ship the scarves down to Virginia, she sent 13 boxes. The lady at the Fed Ex window was so touched by Megan's project that she helped Megan out by giving her a nice discount.