Addressing activeness among seniors, beautifying gardens for pollinators, providing comfort to those battling cancer, creating sustainable solutions, and offering a safe place for individuals with stress and anxiety are only a handful of the community
projects recently completed by 31 Girl Scouts from Monmouth and Ocean counties, including Allison Quinn from Howell.
Representatives of the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore presented the Silver Award to these girls during a drive-up ceremony on Nov. 18 at the organization’s Program Activity Center in Howell, according to a press release.
The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest honor for Girl Scouts in sixth through eighth grades. To earn the award, Girl Scouts must fulfill several requirements, including taking on a community project that makes a lasting impact. In the process, girls develop organization and leadership skills that benefit their community, according to the press release.
“Especially this year, we are truly proud of the impact our Silver Award Girl Scouts have made in their communities,” said Eileen M. Higgins, CEO, Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore. “Collectively, they devoted over 1,500 hours toward making their communities a better place to live.”
Allison’s Silver Award idea came to her after her mother was diagnosed with breast
cancer in June 2019. Allison has made and donated more than 700 chemotherapy port pillows, pillowcases, mastectomy pillows and face coverings for individuals who are going through cancer treatment and surgery, according to the press release.
Due to Allison’s project and working with her town to educate people about breast cancer awareness, the Township Council dedicated a day to metastatic breast cancer.
Allison had the honor of inviting a family who lost their daughter to the disease, to dedicate a proclamation in their daughter’s honor and the family was given a remembrance plaque, according to the press release.