Friday, October 7, 2011

What Did Torie Do Today?

The Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio's Blog reports that if you live in Banning, CA, chances are you know Torie.

Whether she's visiting a nursing home or gathering donations for Toys for Tots, this 7½-year-old Brownie is always looking for a way to make a difference in her community. "There are lots of people out there who need help," said Torie. "I like being able to share what I have."

Her Tooth fairy money pays for warm socks for little kids who need clothing. A reward for making honor roll buys a jacket for someone in a shelter. Christmas money goes towards food and toys for families struggling with tough times.

Along the way she's made a lot of friends. There's Henry, Barbara and Earl who she visits regularly in their nursing homes where she cheers them up with hugs and her favorite Girl Scout songs. And of course there's the Mayor Barbara Hanna, who buys cookies from her every year.

"Everyone who knows Torie is always asking her what she's doing and how they can help," laughs mom Nina. "They really get inspired by her projects and want to do whatever they can to support her. It's amazing."

Torie's supporters came out in full force to cheer on the little girl last month, when she entered Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio's "It's My Mag" Facebook photo contest. Thirty-two girls entered the competition, each posing with their favorite magazine. Torie took first place.

This isn't the first time Torie has worked hard to achieve a goal. Last winter she set a goal for herself of selling 1,250 boxes of Girl Scout cookies so she could earn one of the major incentives--a trip to Catalina Island. "It was the hardest thing I've ever done," said she said. "I wasn't sure I could do it. But I went out and sold cookies every single day and finally earned enough for the trip. It was so fun! I got to go snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, play games and even go on a scavenger hunt!"

"Nobody has as much fun as a Girl Scout," says Torie.

Torie definitely embodies the Girl Scout Brand Question, What Did You Do Today? Do you have any examples of outstanding young Girl Scouts doing great things daily that you would like to share?