Meghan Schoener, an incoming freshman at Oak Ridge High School, recently completed the requirements for her Girl Scout Silver Award.
For her project, she choose to support our overseas troops by organizing four donation drives for much needed everyday items that our overseas troops do not always have ready access.
Meghan ran donation drives at Holy Trinity Parish’s Family Faith Formation, where she has attended for the past seven years, and Rolling Hills Middle School where she attended for the past three years. On June 18 she held a donation drive at the El Dorado Hills Library. Prior to the opening of this drive, Meghan organized a presentation of the colors by the Girl Scout Color Guard, of which she has been a member of for the past two years. She also held a “virtual” donation drive for family and friends who either do not live in the area or would not be reached by the above efforts.
Along with sending the donated items, Meghan is concerned that there is a sense of loss of community for the troops and their family and friends back home who are anxiously hoping for their safe return. Community members who donated items were asked to trace their hands on red, white or blue construction paper and write a message of hope inside the hand.
The items collected will be delivered to the Rolling Hills Blue Star Mothers at their July meeting. The colors will again be presented by the Girl Scout Color Guard to honor our troops and their sacrifices.