Katie Pinkard, 12, of Clinton, Miss., a sixth-grader at Lovett Elementary School and a member of the Girl Scout Council of Middle Mississippi in Jackson, made 132 personal care bags for abused and homeless women staying at shelters in her area. Katie recently learned how to sew in Girl Scouts, and wanted to put her new skill to good use. "God wants us to use our talents and skills to help others," she said. "I thought sewing the drawstring bags would allow me to help women make their lives a little better."
Katie first made calls to four local shelters to determine if the bags were needed, and received enthusiastic responses. She purchased fabric and sewed together 132 drawstring bags. Katie then visited hotels and casinos in the Jackson and Vicksburg areas and asked for donations of soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, and other personal care items. Finally, Katie filled the bags with the collected items and "encouragement pamphlets," and delivered them to the four shelters. "The women in these shelters are usually at a low point in their lives," said Katie. "I hope that this small gift will let them know that people do care about giving them some hope."