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State Honoree

Mollee Mohr

Indiana

Mollee Mohr, 14, of Kokomo, Ind., an eighth-grader at Western Middle School in Russiaville, raised about $15,000 to ease the financial straits of a local home for unwed mothers and their newborns. After learning about the “Nesting Doves” home and its funding difficulties, Mollee, an avid Beanie Baby collector, organized four benefit shows called “Beanies for Babies.” Mollee contacted local radio stations about the event, posted fliers throughout her community, and recruited volunteers from her school and Girl Scout troop. In addition to the money raised at the shows, Mollee’s publicity has heightened community awareness of the vital assistance that Nesting Doves provides young mothers. Mollee and other Girl Scouts in her area are now working on a quilting project to benefit the home. “As time went by, I realized how important the Nesting Doves was,” explained Mollee. “It gives young women and their unborn children a chance at a bright, promising future.”