When children reach milestones parents celebrate, too. Below is a letter from a mom sharing the thrill of watching her daughter blossom into a young leader earning the Bronze Award.
My name is Julie Maxwell. My daughter, Josalyn Smith, earned her Bronze Award this summer. During research for the award, she discussed her love of horses.
Josalyn contacted Horse Haven of Tennessee and asked if she could collect donations for them. She was able to get a list of items they needed, and then contacted Tractor Supply and arranged a Saturday to set up a booth at the Maynardville Pike location. She made flyers and a poster for the booth.
During her booth she passed out flyers, educating the community about what Horse Haven is, where they are located, its mission, and how to help.
The donations she collected that day were overwhelming. She collected an entire truck load of supplies.The following week, she was invited to attend Adoption Day at Horse Haven. Josalyn officially presented the donations and spent the day washing and grooming horses, getting them ready for their forever homes.
As a parent, I am so proud of my daughter. As a Girl Scout alum, I am so honored that the Bronze Award exists. This opportunity has given my daughter such a boost in confidence that no matter the age, anyone can make a difference. The day she arrived with with supplies, several of the staff were in tears. They said they never get truckloads of donations. “It’s just something that doesn’t happen around here,” they said. The volunteers really made Josalyn feel like she had made a difference.
Julie Smith Maxwell