Our Military, a Girl Scout and Holiday in a Box


The Girl Scouts Gold Award is awarded for the highest level of achievement in Girl Scouting and is only open to girls who challenge themselves to change the world. Kate Porschke, Chatham High School sophomore, took this challenge to heart, and as her Gold Award project, created the “Holiday in a Box” Drive.
One of the hardest challenges for any military member is being deployed during the holidays. Away from home, family and community is a very lonely experience. Thank you's and gifts serve as reminders that their community is thinking of them, supporting them and missing them in return. For Kate this became stark reality when she saw her father’s cousin reaction after receiving a similar gift box during his deployment.
Drawing from this memory, Kate decided to find a way to bring her community slightly closer to its military members this holiday season. She sought out a list of the currently deployed alumni from her high school, and requested donations of nonperishable goods and personal care items. She plans to pack these items up and ship them as a packaged "holiday in a box" thank you for each alum.
She also added an element to help her wider community and alumni from around the nation to get involved: her online YouGiveGoods drive. It ran for 26 days and blew past its goal by 16% to raise just over $3,500 worth of goods.
Thank you so much, Kate for partnering with us for such a worth cause! Good luck with all the packing.
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