Thursday, October 4, 2012

Georgia Girl Scout is a Hometown Hero

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Freedom Wright, 17, a senior at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Sandy Springs was put into the state’s foster care program as an infant and bounced “from house to house” before being adopted at age three by Kay and Michael Wright of Ellenwood.

Now Freedom is working to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award by collecting backpacks for underprivileged youngsters up through high school.

Older foster children need help, too, she says, which is something most people don’t recognize. And she’s dedicated to helping “foster cares” because most “never know where your next meal or set of clothes” will come from.

So far she has spurred the collection of about 150 “new and gently used” backpacks, which can be dropped off at Holy Innocents’ or given to the Foster Care Support Foundation, where youngsters in need can “shop” for free items at the non-profit’s distribution and donation center in Roswell.

“The Foster Care Support Foundation helps about 3,000 children each year get any and everything they need, including the backpacks,” says Freedom. “The warehouse is similar to a shopping center for those children and their families.”

She’s hoping to collect at least 200 more before going on to her next volunteer project.