Fifteen year old, Kaylee Lewis is a second time winner. “When we show others respect, we are telling them that they are enough and they deserve as much as anyone else.” Interestingly, Kaylee’s idea is a combination of the other two winning ideas. Her project idea, not yet implemented, is to have a donation drive and create care packages to give to local communities in need. She hopes to collect donations of “essential items”, including hygiene products and food, and separate these donations into various groups including children, men, and women so everyone will receive “customized care packages.” Kaylee plans to take these care packages to churches and low income apartments.
“By showing up and talking to members of the community that are in need, you are showing empathy and respect to those that may not see that a lot,” shared Camryn Bullard, volunteer with Serving Our Neighbors (SoN) Food Ministry at the William R. Davie location. Camryn, who has been volunteering with her family since August of 2022, recognized that the food that is offered from week to week can fluctuate greatly and her winning idea for the DRI was to come up with a way to offer regular, shelf stable items that families could count on from week to week, significantly expanding on the original project.
Girl Scout Troop 2560
Girl Scout Troop 2560 had the winning idea of working with elementary and middle schools around the county to provide feminine hygiene supplies to all of the girls at the school. The project started by posting inspirational posters in the school girl’s bathrooms and supplying boxes of hygiene supplies to trusted teachers, which they can keep in their classroom. The kits that the eight girls have created include: a pamphlet written by them, pads, deodorant and hair ties.
After holding two successful fundraisers in January, the scouts were able to purchase enough supplies to make kits for every girl at South Davie! Teachers and recipients have been very enthusiastic about this project - not only the kits, but the encouraging posters in the bathrooms.
Congratulations to the Scouts involved: Addy Buchanan, Lake Carver, Evie Conlin, Kiahna Groff, Lena Parsley, Katie Pitts, Salem Taylor and Sophie Treier.