Local Girl Scout ‘Shares the Warmth’
WAXAHACHIE - Meredith Hallett’s birthday party was not typical of most 8-year-old girls’ parties.
Instead of accepting gifts for herself, she asked her friends to give the gift of warmth and comfort to families and children in need.
Hallett held her party at the Waxahachie Sleep Experts mattress store and her guests donated more than 50 blankets, comforters and pillows for the retailer’s 8th annual “Share the Warmth Blanket Drive,” benefitting Family Gateway.
“Meredith has lots of friends from Girl Scouts, Church, School, Dance, etc, while we were talking about her party and what she wanted to do this year,” stated Jessica Hallett, Meredith’s mom.
“As the guest list was growing, she was thinking about all the stuff she could possibly get and how she would have to find some where to put all of her new things, or she could take our Girl Scout service project a step further and have her party guests bring items to donate to the Share The Warmth Drive. She chose to help others in need and then take her friends a few doors down to have frozen yogurt at our favorite place.”
Hallett is a member of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, and her troop is one of many who have chosen to participate in Share the Warmth as a community service project in November. The blanket drive lasted through Thanksgiving.
“Meredith has shown great leadership by not only giving to others on her own birthday, but also encouraging her friends and families to do the same,” said Robert Alberts, Executive Director of Family Gateway, an organization that helps homeless families become self-sufficient.
“The blankets these girls have donated can be the first step in helping to create a sense of comfort and stability that homeless children have often lacked throughout their lives.”