A Salem County duo raised awareness for animal safety in their
community as part of achieving their Girl Scout Silver Award.
Delaney C. and Kortney B. of Pittsgrove Township, NJ, donated 12 pet oxygen masks to the Centerton and Elmer Fire Halls as well as the Elmer Ambulance Corp to help meet the life-saving needs of animals that have been in house fires. The duo also provided teaching on the use of the masks for the 1st responders to Centerton, Elmer, Willowgrove fire halls and Elmer Ambulance Corp. and how to care for them so they can continue to be used to save lives for a long time.
“Our project is called Project Air.” Kortney said, "We started the project because over 40,000 pets die in fires each year. We wanted to help save lives.”
The girls were able to raise funds through the making of a 1st responder calendar that they sold in the community in the fall. They worked with a local photographer, Megan Chapman, and took photos of firefighters, veterinarians, and police along with their pets and fundraised over $2000 for the project.
Delaney said, “The most successful part of the project was obtaining the oxygen masks and knowing we could help save a life. We were able to also help train the 1st responders on how to use the masks”. The girls worked with St. Francis Animal Hospital in Swedesboro, NJ for the training part of the project.
The Girl Scout Silver Award represents a girl's accomplishments as a leader in her community and reflects a girl who is organized, determined, and dedicated to making a positive impact in the world. It is the second highest award a Girl Scout can earn.
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