Good Deed Doer: Girl Scout creates care bags for children sent to foster homes
When an Epsom Girl Scout learned that parents in legal trouble are sometimes taken away from their children and the children sent to foster homes, she figured she could help.
Meredith Bingham, 11, decided to create emergency care bags for such kids. She sewed 50 fabric bags, collected items to fill them and donated them to the Epsom Police Department for officers to give to children.
“I wanted to earn my Bronze Award but didn’t know what I was going to do,” Meredith said. “I was watching the news and saw a little boy get taken away from his parents so I decided, why don’t I do this?”
The police, needless to say, were impressed.
“For a young person to do all that she did, gather stuff, get donations, she did an excellent job. We were very impressed with the time and effort it must have taken,” Epsom police Chief Wayne Preve said.
“We normally carry teddy bears or Beanie Babies that are donated to comfort a child, but this is over and above. She had coloring books, pens, she went all out,” he said.
Meredith, a member of Girl Scout Troop 11085, also included combs, tissues, soap, a fleece blanket and toys – not to mention toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss, courtesy of Northeast Delta Dental in Concord.