Girls Scouts work to 'change' Special Olympics
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Through their "Coins for a Cause" program, Junior Girl Scout Troop 3248 recently collected $350 in change and donated it to Carbon County Special Olympics. Pictured front row left to right are Jessica Van Fossen; Grace Fitzsimmons; Shain Hrusovsky; Maria Burits; Robin Davison; Delina Rodrigues; and Jenna Kroboth. Second row left to right are Elaina Moretz; Tatiana Gonzalez; Bryanna Berger; Natalie Smith; and Geralyn Scarpati. Back row left to right are Audrey Kroboth; Pam Berger; Christy Kroboth; Christine Rodrigues; and George Bird.
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 www.SpecialOlympicsCarbonCounty.com