Tulsa Girl Scouts Troop 442 used a little paint, some creativity, and compassion to send messages of healing to their teacher battling breast cancer.
For this service project, the scouts teamed up with Stars of HOPE® USA, an organization that empowers children to bring hope to those in need through the messages of healing.
“Stars of HOPE was a perfect project for our Girl Scouts,” said Jennifer White, troop leader. “Our troop has a servant’s heart and they wanted a way to help others and they were able to make an impact through their art.”
After the paint dried, the scouts created a HOPE Tree by hanging their art in front of their teacher’s house. When she returned from the hospital, she was met with 18 colorful works of art with messages of hope from her students.
“When I came back from my appointments and saw the stars in the tree, I just felt enormously blessed. Blessed with the news that I would not need to have chemo and blessed to be so loved by my students,” said Anne Marie Lawson, the scouts’ teacher.
White added that Stars of HOPE teaches kindness, empathy, and compassion in a fun and creative way.
“The troop learned that small acts of love and kindness can go a long way,” said White. “Our credo is to be a sister to all and make the world a better place. Stars of HOPE embodies those same features.”
How to Get Involved
If you are a scout leader and want your troop to participate in Stars of HOPE project, you can order a Box of HOPE for your next meeting. Each box comes everything you need to start a project with your troop including 15 wooden stars, paint, brushes and instructions.