Girl Scout goes above, beyond for Soldiers
Fort Bliss Monitor Staff 26 February 2009
A local Girl Scout thought of Soldiers when it came time to begin her “Gift of Caring” project.
Crystal Westrick, a Girl Scout with Troop 43, decided to go for the Bronze Award, which is the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can earn. Completing a Gift of Caring project is one of a few ways to earn the award.
“She’s really dedicated to her project,” said Colleen Borkenhagen, communications manager for the Girl Scouts of the Rio Grande. “She’s out here every weekend selling Girl Scout cookies for the Soldiers.”
Crystal chose to collect donated boxes of Girl Scout cookies to send to Soldiers deployed overseas. Her goal was 1,000 boxes, and she has thus far collected more than 1,500.
“I’m doing this because I feel that Soldiers do so much for us, so I thought of something to help them,” Crystal said.
Westrick said the idea was inspired by her father.
“My dad was in the military, and I was thinking about him after telling me how horrible it is [in Iraq].”
Not all Girl Scouts use a Gift of Caring project to earn the Bronze Award. Girls really need to use their imagination when devising a community project in El Paso, whether it be collecting clothing or blankets for the homeless or working at a shelter, said Borkenhagen. Unlike the days when Girl Scouts went door to door, now they have business cards, give PowerPoint presentations, know how to speak to people, and can throw a sales pitch, she said.
Crystal, who Borkenhagen said has really gone above and beyond for her age, has completed a presentation board and written formal letters to businesses and community leaders. She even received a $2,000 donation from a local restaurant to go toward her project.
Crystal’s accomplishments display leadership and task management, and she has enhanced her community, said Crystal’s father Ivan, who deployed to Iraq in 2003.
“We’re just really proud of her.” said Borkenhagen.