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Girl Scouts honored for service project that helps children in foster care

(Swedesboro, NJ) Freeholder Jim Jefferson recognized Amanda Hughes, Kaelyn Charnitsky and Savannah Williams for their hard work in pursuit of the Girl Scouts Silver Award, the second highest award in the organization.

Hughes, Charnitsky and Williams were recognized for their hard work and dedication to their service project 'Foster Karing Kits'. The project created 30 duffle bags for children and teens in the foster care system that included personal hygiene items, gift cards, toys and gifts for boys and girls.

Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, "These young women went above and beyond with their project and did something helpful and meaningful by making care packages for children and teens in the foster care system." 

Freeholder Jim Jefferson, Liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services, said, “Over 30 duffle bags for teens in need were filled with the help of members of Girl Scout Troop 61719 Cadettes, the Kingsway High School Key Club, and the South Jersey Storm Cheerleading organization who raised money and gathered items.”

The Kingsway High School Key Club held fundraisers at school to purchase gift cards to places that teens like to shop, eat, and hang out while South Jersey Storm Cheerleaders collected personal care items like shampoo, hair products, deodorant, lotion, and specialty products like playing cards, make-up, candy, and balls at their gym in Washington Township.

 Each bag was filled with ten items as well as gift cards. 

On Sept. 27, the bags were presented to Susana Dias from the Gloucester County Department of Children and Families (DCF) and Legacy Therapeutic Treatment in September to distribute to teens in need. 

Pictured: Amanda Hughes, Kaelyn Charnitsky, Freeholder Jim Jefferson, and Savannah Williams