The Baltimore Sun reports that Alyssa Judson and Molly Wheltle, members of Troop 3122 for about a dozen years each who will age out of the Girl Scouts at the end of the school year, earned their Girl Scout Gold Award for completing separate service projects in the fall that aided underprivileged Baltimore City residents.
For her project, Alyssa Judson made a series of presentations to youth in Baltimore City and Baltimore County about homelessness in the city.
Additionally, she collected a dozen blankets and sleeping bags at St. Mark School and worked with Scouts in Troop 984 at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church to make six 6- by 6-foot quilts and seven fleece blankets. The blankets and sleeping bags were later donated to Southwest Emergency Services in Arbutus.
Using media both old and new, Wheltle helped make First Communion extra special for 85 girls at the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Highlandtown.
The senior at Mount de Sales Academy advertised her collection drive of First Communion dresses in five parish bulletins, on a Facebook page and website and through word of mouth. By the end of the project, she had far exceeded her goal.
"I was really excited we got 85 dresses. I expected 20," Wheltle said. "I just really like kids, working with people and I really like teaching, so I figured it would work out."
Though she collected and donated 85 dresses, the one Wheltle wore at her First Communion wasn't one of them. Wheltle saved her dress because it had been in the family for years, so she bought another one and donated that, she said.