by Victor Lopez
ODESSA--Most recognized for those delicious cookies they sell once a year, a local girl scout troop is sharing the spotlight, by helping out another non-profit, the Make-a-Wish Foundation. They're hoping their show of support for Make-a-Wish will rub off on them.
The girls of Troop 18 are working on earning their silver awards. It's hard to call what they are doing selfish, especially when you consider the group they've decided to help and the amount of time it's taking to do it.
"We meet every Thursday and plan what we're going to do," Kaitlin Hirt said.
For a group of 11 to 13 year old girls, finding time between school and extracurricular activities to help out the Make-a-Wish Foundation hasn't been easy. But, they voted, as a group, this is what they wanted to do.
"We are Troop 18 and we're trying to earn our Silver. In order to earn our Silver, we have to choose a group to help and we decided to help Make a Wish. (The hardest part has been) trying to find time, in all the ways, that we could help them." Hirt explained.
These girls must not only dedicate time to their project, they have to document what they do in order to get their Silver award, which goes to junior level girl scouts.
The goal is to fill backpacks that Make-a-Wish gives their wish kids to take on their summer trips. Donations of all kinds are welcome.
According to troop Vice President, Samantha Corrales, "It doesn't really matter if they donate money. We go and get the stuff and then we go donate the stuff to Make-a-Wish. Travel games and coloring books and stuff like that, they can do on their way to their trips."
Troop President, Vanessa Ewing says Make-a-Wish is well aware of their efforts and why they're doing it, "(the kids) Have some fun in their life without being in a hospital. They think it's wonderful."
Last week, the group raised almost $500, which they immediately used to buy the things needed to stuff the backpacks. Folks around town think these girls are pretty awesome.
"They all think it's great that we're helping make a difference in the world," Hirt said.
The ages of these phenomenal, young females bears repeating, 11 to 13, and so does their message.
"To give them as normal a childhood experience as they can get," Corrales said.
"No matter how young you are, you can make a difference in the world and you need to try and put forth that effort," Hirt added.
If you would like to help the girls of Troop 18, they'll be at the West Side Walmart in Odessa, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday. If you can't make the event, you can drop off your donations at the Girl Scout Hut donation box at 52nd and Dixie.