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Area Girl Scouts share their love of helping others

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MEGAN GRAY

The Ellis County Press

DESOTO - Sixty- three volunteers from 11 Girl Scout Troops across Northern Ellis and Southern Dallas counties joined together for the love of helping others over the weekend.

"Horseshoes for Hope," a non-profit effort making pillows to be distributed to babies with special needs started when a local scout from Red Oak was working on her Bronze award more than two years ago.

"My sister Catherine has Down Syndrome and she wanted to keep her pillow from the hospital but she couldn’t so my dad had to sew one for her that night so she could have one," said Elizabeth Joines, now a Junior Girl Scout.

A bond between two sisters doesn’t stop growing and neither does the need for special needs infant pillows.

Joines saw something needed to be done and took action to move forward.

Partnering with Anna Mae McAdams, another fellow Junior Girl Scout, the two girls arranged a workday scheduled in conjunction with Youth Services Day with a goal to make at least 50 pillows to be sent to children in the Dallas and Ellis County Areas.

The goal more than met their expectations during on Saturday, April 24 in DeSoto at the Girl Scout Southern Sector Service Center before noon with 57 completed and 29 remained to stuff.

"Thank you so much everyone," said McAdams.

Joines’ mom, Bonnie, attributed the $500 grant from Get Ur Good On, a online community for youth with more than 8,000 volunteers founded by Miley Cyrus in partnership with Youth Service America, as a huge help.

"The money helped cover the costs for several boxes of stuffing and fabric for the event as well as a few snacks."

Global Youth Service Day is the only day of service specifically highlighting children and youth as problem-solvers.

"Young people from Ghana,Ireland, Australia, India and the United States submit exciting stories to Get Ur Good On and support each other in their desire to strengthen their communities," said YSA President and CEO Steve Culbertson.

The Joines’ have partnered with Ellis County Early Childhood Intervention and Children’s Medical Center, who will then pass the pillows out for use as positioning aids for infants and small children struggling to meet developmental milestones.

"It’s amazing what happens when people get together and work on something as a group" said Joines, a recipient of a $1,000 Kohls Kids Who Care scholarship towards the college of her choice.

"I love my sister very much."


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