The Girl Scouts might be best known for their delicious cookies, but they also empower young women to make the world a better place, doing volunteer work and community outreach.
And for one teen’s final Scouts project, she decided to lend a much-needed helping hand to her neighbors.
Recent high school graduate Cameron Barron, from Aiken, South Carolina, has been a Girl Scout for 12 years, and has finally come close to earning the organization’s highest achievement, the Gold Award.
As part of her requirements, she had to do a community outreach program, and felt motivated to help the homeless.
“There are people out there who are just like us,” Barron told WJBF. “They need food, they need things. They don’t have the money, the time, the jobs, they don’t have the ways to access those things and by giving back, we’re providing these people with ways to get a meal.”
So this summer, she has been volunteering with a local program called Blessing Boxes—which fills boxes with non-perishable food items, toiletries and other essentials—and drops them off to areas in need.
“The boxes are maintained by the community as well as people who regularly check the boxes,” Barron told the Aiken Standard.
Running food drives for the program, Barron—with the help of her father—has received an impressive amount of donations, bringing the community together for a good cause.
While she’s working towards her Gold Award, the girl said she also wants to benefit the people of Aiken.
“When people have a chance to give back that gives them that sense of feeling good,” she told WJBF. “I think a lot of people around Aiken really want to give back and when they do they give it their best.”
It’s an uplifting story, one that shows the kindness and compassion organizations like the Girl Scouts can inspire, and how that goodness can spread throughout a whole community.