When Soldiers' Angels put all the call for Halloween for the Troops, high school sophomore Laura answered all by herself. Under Laura's leadership, her neighbors and fellow students at South Carroll High School in Northern Maryland collected 150 pounds of Halloween candy for the troops.
Though she led the way, Laura was thrilled to have some help in collecting candy. Her local Walmart works with a children's diabetic support group, offering $15 gift cards in exchange for the children's Halloween candy. The Community Coordinator there saw a newspaper article about Laura's drive and donated all the diabetic children's candy to her, resulting in about one fifth of all the candy Laura raised. "I was very fortunate," Laura says.
Laura's other source of help was family, who pitched in when it came time to ship the 150 pounds of candy to Soldiers' Angels. "I'm donating to a good cause," her mother said.
Organizing community service events comes naturally to Laura. "I very much like taking part in community service," she says. "It's something I'm good at, and that I really enjoy. I like being able to see I can make a difference." For inspiration, she visits dosomething.org, where she found a post entitled "How to Collect Halloween Candy for the Troops" that introduced her to Soldiers' Angels.
The candy drive was Laura's second big high school community service project. Her freshman year, she led a book drive at the school, which resulted in 400 books donated to an inner-city literacy program. The candy drive looks to be a return event, though. "I'm looking forward to doing it again next Halloween," she exclaims.
Congratulations to young Laura for leading such a successful Halloween for the Troops drive!