Three local girls from Girl Scout troop 14494, Caroline Green, Nazeefa Loladia and Kate Myers recently completed their Silver Award project with Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. The Silver Award recognizes girl leaders who address important community needs through sustainable and measurable action projects. The girls spent several months collecting deodorant for homeless people in and around Athens, Atlanta, and Savannah.
The girls chose to support and partner with a non-profit company, The Backpack Project. The Backpack Project is an organization fully run by college students, which collects and hand-delivers basic essentials in backpacks to homeless people in and around major cities in Georgia. The girls discussed the needs for the Backpack Project with the organization’s CEO, William Ross. They soon learned that deodorant was a difficult item to collect due to the expense. The girls took on the challenge to collect deodorant for the Backpack Project and to spread the word about the project’s mission.
The girls’ original goal was to collect just 100 sticks a month for three months. After hosting drives at their school, local church, and through social media, the girls ultimately collected a total of 734 sticks of deodorant.
“We never imagined the project would be so successful!” said Caroline Green. “The fact that we are helping others in need is just so heart-warming, and it makes us even more grateful for what we have,” concluded Nazeefa Loladia.
To make their project sustainable, the girls will educate younger Girl Scouts about how to organize a similar donation drive.
Troop 14494 is led by Keri Michaelis of Johns Creek.