2 girls scout out project to help those in need, earn the Bronze Award

NEIGHBORS

April 16, 2002|By Debra Taylor Young | Debra Taylor Young,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

JUNIOR GIRL SCOUTS Kimberly Brambeck and Shelby Serio brought smiles of surprise and delight when they unloaded cartons of toys and clothes for Carroll County Family Center.

"It's overwhelming," said Joyce Tierney, director of the center, a Westminster organization that helps needy families and others. "We can't tell you how much this will mean to the families."

The cartons were filled with new toys for infants and toddlers, games, books and infant blankets. The cartons of new clothes for children and adults were carefully labeled by the two Junior Scouts as part of a community drive.

Pam Brambeck, Kimberly's mother, said the work will earn the pair the Bronze Award, the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can earn. The award shows that a Junior has made a promise to help others and improve her community and her world.

Kimberly and Shelby had to work through many requirements for their project, including a planning phase. They had to decide on a project. They knew they wanted to help families, and said they wanted to collect toys and clothes. So they looked in the phone book for an organization that would accept donations.

The girls found Carroll County Family Center and toured the facility with their mothers to ensure it was what they were looking for.

They learned that the center reaches out to needy families, teen-age mothers, homeless people, and single mothers in need, as part of Human Services Program of Carroll County Inc. The center also offers education and job training to help new parents become self-sufficient.

The center maintains a Second Chance store year-round, and a Christmas store during the holidays for needy families.

Before beginning work on their project, the Junior Scouts had to earn two badges related to the project and complete several other requirements designated in the Girl Scout Handbook.

They launched their donation drive in December. They distributed fliers in South Carroll neighborhoods, placed announcements in local church bulletins and contacted area businesses. The largest donations were collected in February and last month.

With the donations, Tierney said the center would be able to place new toys in the playroom and child care area, give toys and clothes to its homeless shelter, and help stock the Second Chance store.

Kimberly and Shelby were pleased with the amount of donations and credited many area businesses, including the Eldersburg Wal-Mart, Peebles, Kmart and Growth Spurts, a consignment shop in Carrolltown Center.

After delivering the donations, the girls wrote thank--you notes to the businesses and churches involved. The girls will receive the Bronze Award on May 16. The Junior Scouts are members of Troop 619 sponsored by St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Community Church and attend Oklahoma Road Middle School.

Golf tournament

Sykesville Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a golf tournament April 29 at the Links at Gettysburg in Pennsylvania.

The cost is $340 per foursome. Registration forms are available at the Town Office on Main Street.

Information: Frank Robert, 410-552-5521, or Frank.C.Robert@pfizer.com.

Puppet theatre

Piney Run Park Nature Center is sponsoring a nature puppet show from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. today at the center off Martz Road.

The show will be followed by a discussion about the animals depicted in the show, and might include a craft, game or short hike.

The show is appropriate for children in preschool through early elementary school, but all are welcome. Fees are $1 per member, and $2 per nonmember. Park entrance fees apply.

Information: 410-795-6043.

Debra Taylor Young's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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