Multiple Girl Scout Troops from St. Henry, all from Service Unit 231, have been very busy the past several months. The troop leaders came up with several ideas for a service project and the girls voted. The group chose State of the Heart as their beneficiary because they were familiar with their services and wanted to keep their efforts local. The group made contact with State of the Heart Care’s Volunteer Manager, Christena Subler, to find out what needs the agency had. It was important to the girls to directly help patients. The Daisies all the way to the Cadets worked together on their first project, which was a bake sale. The sale was held at a St. Henry High School football game and the scouts raised $772 that they donated to State of the Heart. The money is being used to support the agency’s “We Honor Veterans” fund. This is a new service that we provide to honor Veterans on our hospice program.
The next project was to replenish the supply of activity mats used by the agency. The mats are designed to safely soothe and stimulate patients with dementia. Much of the supplies needed to create the mats are donated and volunteer time is needed to create them. Each mat is unique and there are many benefits to the patient. The mats promote a sense of self-worth and enjoyment as well as help fight feelings of anxiety and depression. Members of the troop and their leaders, worked together to make over 20 new mats. For some of the girls, using a sewing machine was a brand new experience. The mats turned out great and will be given to hospice patients as needed.
To finish out their community service project, one of the leaders applied to a local civic foundation for matching funds for their donation. The funds were awarded and the troop donated the additional $500 to State of the Heart. “We cannot thank the girl scouts enough for their generosity to our patients,” shared Christena Subler. “It is great to see young adults getting involved in helping others while learning life skills they will carry with them through life.”
If you or your group is interested in volunteering for State of the Heart Care, please contact Christena Subler at 937.548.2999 or firstname.lastname@example.org.