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Happy Hearts and Helping Hands

November 16, 2012

Article and images by Darlene Vincent, Girls on the Run Atlanta’s fall intern from Georgia Gwinnett College

In addition to learning how to care for and about themselves, the Girls on the Run participants also learn the importance of caring about and helping others, such as the communities in which they live. As members of a team, the GOTR girls experience the positive results of a collaborative community. Thus, by working with and encouraging each other weekly, the girls learn the importance of communities.

Part of the GOTR program encourages each team to give back to their community by aiding a worthy organization or cause, from assisted living and foster care facilities to fundraisers, food drives, and more. This fall the girls assisted a variety causes. In response to Hurricane Sandy and the disaster’s aftermath, one Atlanta Girls on Track team held a bake sale with the goal of raising $250 dollars to assist hurricane victims. Thanks to their admirable efforts, the girls not only met but surpassed their goal and mailed a $261 dollar check to Brooklyn’s Breezy Point Disaster Relief Fund. The middle school team also wrote letters to spread love and encouragement to the hurricane victims.

Moreover, one Gwinnett GOTR team sold school supplies in order to raise awareness for diabetes—a condition which affects millions of children and adults, including a coach and girl from this GOTR team. In order to help everyone’s furry friends, a Fulton GOT team created and donated homemade cat and dog toys from recycled materials to local animal shelters, while an Atlanta GOTR team raised funds for Mostly Mutts—a local animal rescue service.

In preparation for Thanksgiving, a Gwinnett GOTR team collected goods for Thanksgiving meals to aid North Gwinnett Co-op. And, continuing the holiday spirit, another Gwinnett GOTR team collected toys, created shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, and made cookies and sweets for their school’s teachers in order to show appreciation for all their hard work. All-in-all, the Girls on the Run girls finished their fabulous fall season with happy hearts and helping hands.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”  –Anne Frank

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