It has been amazing getting updates throughout the last year from their home in California, seeing their project come together and over the last two days I have received their hard work first-hand. We were able to help get their project off the ground by donating to the girls some of our remnant fabrics, and have even more recently donated another box of pieces for some of their upcoming service projects too for some really awesome organizations as well. In addition, we sent each girl one of our Gracie's Gowns patches showing our appreciation. They are not authorized Girl Scout patches, but they are ones we had made for such an occasion and I'm so honored they were awarded to them and they love them as well.
We always need twill tape, and snaps gowns cannot be made without either and these ones are engraved with a variety of images as well - super cool! They also sent us some books, crayons, socks, and little turtle stuffies!
In total they made 62 large NICU Smocks, laundered them, which we will then distribute to hospitals across the country and even internationally.
The Bronze Award is the highest award that Junior Girl Scouts can earn. Earing the Girl Scout Bronze Award involves not only all the plannings behind the project itself, but then a minimum of 20 hours in building the team, going through their local community looking for idea, selecting their project (which also has to be approved first), and then completing the project itself by the required deadline. It is definietly not an easy endeavor to take on and one that not only requires the willpower, but the passion for the project in order to complete it.
Allyson, Alyssa, Arianna, Angelina, Genevieve, Isabella, Julianna, Madison, Priscilla, Zayden, and Kailey - all of us here at Gracie's Gowns are so proud of you for dedicating your time, talents, and using your award to further our cause. The babies that will be wearing these gowns will be more than honored, more than comforted, and their parents have you to thank for that! Keep on being awesome, being ambassadors, shining a light in a world full of darkness and bringing hope to those around you!
This is a sample of what our patch looks like that is handed out to the groups that participate in service projects and earn merit badges or awards. While it may not be approved for wear on a specific uniform, some have been able to wear it on a different part as a "fun badge."