There is a special connection between Girl Scouts and the courageous women and men who serve in our nation’s military. Whether through a Gift of Sharing contribution, flag ceremony or community service project, Girl Scouts love to express their gratitude for those who bravely protect our freedom.
When she began working on her Gold Award project, Paige Krupa chose to support the women who serve their country. Working with her troop, parish and school, Paige hosted a donation drive and collected more than 4,000 toiletry items for female veterans at the VA Hospital in Omaha.
The 4,000 items were then divided into 130 “Bags of Hope” and inside each bag, Paige placed a special, handmade ‘thank you’ card for the veteran recipient. Paige delivered the bags to the VA, along with 35 pounds of extra donations! The bags were distributed to Omaha, Grand Island and to the Homeless Veterans’ Program.
Paige’s Gold Award project put a cycle of goodwill in motion and it will continue helping veterans across Nebraska as it will be sustained by younger Girl Scouts and her high school’s chapter of the National Honor Society.
Paige Krupa is from Omaha and is the daughter of Gary and Linda Krupa. Her troop advisor was Cindy Miller and her project was overseen by Kathleen Popelka of the VA Health Care Systems.