D-E student and a Girl Scout, Ashely Crawley won the Gold Award for her project in the Girl Scouts. Ashely explains, “currently, I am finishing up my 11th year as a Girl Scout. The primary focus this year was my Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest award a girl scout can achieve. My project was about raising awareness about the homeless veteran population. I came up with this idea after researching and learning that there was an increasing population of homeless veterans in Bergen county. I then reached out to the Bergen Volunteer Center in Hackensack, NJ. I planned a resource fair under the guidance of Debbie Emery and the Division of Veteran Services for Bergen County.”
Ashley recollects her experience. “My event was April 20th and I distributed toiletries and clothes for the Veterans. The event was amazing! Connecting with the veterans, hearing their stories, was truly a gift. One of the veterans walked in, and told me he was going on a job interview later that day, but he didn’t have a suit. He was so grateful to know that my event was able to provide him with a suit! The joy on the veterans faces of receiving what they needed was so rewarding. Each and every veteran I talked to had a different perspective and outlooks on life. Each of their stories was incredible and worth listening to. The happiness they had knowing that they were appreciated is a feeling that was incomparable. Although my project helped out many veterans, they are still in need of ties and toiletries such as toothbrushes, shampoo, etc. I am still collecting donations.” Congratulations to Ashley!