|Diana with the first twin-sized quilt for her Gold Award project|
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouts. It requires a minimum of 80 hours of paperwork, planning, and doing the project. “I will definitely exceed this,” says Diana. “For my Gold Award, I will be promoting community awareness about the needs for foster care.” She is also making twin sized quilts for teens who “age out” of the foster care program through Barium Springs Home for Children in North Carolina.
|Diana with her mentor, Toni-Ann Pfeiffer, volunteer coordinator at Barium Springs|
“It would mean a lot to me if I could help kids who weren’t as fortunate as me,” says Diana. “Aging out means that they are age 18 and they are an adult now, and will be on their own. Each year approximately 500 teens age out of the foster care system in North Carolina alone.”
Bonnie K. Hunter generously gave Diana the rights to use her pattern, “Scrappy Trips Around the World.” “I really like this pattern name because my parents had to go around the world for us to become a family,” Diana says. “It is a fun block to make and you can use up lots of scraps. I am really excited about this project!”
To learn more, and to follow her progress, follow Diana’s Golden Needle on Facebook.
Want to help? Diana needs 42 blocks for each twin size quilt.You can help my making blocks, sewing them together into a quilt, donating fabric, cutting fabric strips, or doing longarm quilting. Or focus on the awareness part of Diana’s project, by spreading the news about the importance of foster care and adoption. But before you jump in, please message Diana via her Facebook page to find out exactly what she needs!
Adoption is an issue near and dear to my heart, because I have two wonderful nieces who joined our family through adoption!