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Girl Scout gets brownie points with animal shelter

Hannah Woods conducts collection project for county Humane Society

Hannah Woods conducts collection project for county Humane Society

August 27, 2008

Girl Scout Troop 36 member Hannah Woods recently raised $110 and collected more than 15 boxes and bags of pet related and household items for the Humane Society of Washington County.

Asking friends, family and neighbors, Hannah collected donations locally and as far away as Virginia, Ohio and Washington state.

When asked what motivated her, Hannah said, "I am working to earn my Bronze Award for Girl Scouts and I thought doing a project to help the Humane Society was one I would really enjoy."

Girl Scout Troop 36 meets in Maugansville.

Sharon Woods, Hannah's mother, said both their family cat and dog were adopted from the shelter and she feels that could be another reason why Hannah was so motivated to help the shelter.

Sharon Woods, and other members of Hannah's family, are very proud of Hannah for taking on the project.

"Hannah did a great job. It all fell into place beautifully," said Sharon Woods. "She was completely self-motivated and did the project all by herself, from start to finish."

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Hannah began her project by utilizing the shelter's Wish List from which she designed and printed fliers that she passed out and mailed to everyone she could think of. That got her project under way and two months later her mother drove her to the shelter with the car brimming over with bags and boxes and a check in hand.

The shelter is very grateful and very impressed with Hannah's project results. "We were taken aback by all the items and the monetary donation Hannah collected all by herself" said Paul Miller, the shelter's executive director. "Just looking at all the bags and boxes illustrates how hard she worked on this project."

The Humane Society is at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown.

Go to www.hswcmd.org on the Web for information on animal-related issues, directions to the shelter and information about programs and services.

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