Members of Junior Girl Scout Troop 3248 realize that a little bit of change can go a long way.

The troop recently collected coins to donate to Carbon County Special Olympics through the "Coins for a Cause" program.

By placing cans throughout the Lehighton area, the girls collected $350 for the county-wide program. Troop Leader Pam Berger said, "Some of the girls would even tell guests to their homes to 'empty your pockets' and they would place the money in a can for the fundraiser."

Special Olympics is the world's largest program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities – currently serving more than 2.5 million athletes in more than 180 countries.

This is the fifth year that the troop has collected change to help make the world a better place. Past causes include Lehigh Valley Zoo; Carbon County Friends of Animals for homeless cats; Carbon County Shelter for homeless dogs; and the community food pantry at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lehighton, a division of Shepherd House, Inc.

On behalf of Carbon County Special Olympics, global messenger George Bird accepted the donation from the girl scouts. As a participant in the program, Bird has attended training sessions in Harrisburg in order to address the community about Special Olympics.

For more information about Carbon County Special Olympics, visit [1]