What an amazing time we’ve had so far celebrating Girl Scout Week! Today is also a special day as it’s Daisy’s Circle Day!
If you haven’t heard of Daisy’s Circle yet – it’s our council’s easy monthly giving program. So what does that mean exactly? It means you can choose the amount you want to give each month to support programs for Girl Scouts in our 47 counties.
In its first year, Daisy’s Circle had 190 members join! Members like Matthew and Crystal Briskey of Independence, Missouri.
When their daughter, Julie, was about to begin Kindergarten they decided to have her join Girl Scouts. For many families the choice to join an extra activity is easy. But Crystal was a bit hesitant due to her daughter’s autism diagnosis. She put her worries aside and decided to let her daughter try it out. And even volunteered as a troop leader!
Can you guess what happened next? Julie began to flourish in her Girl Scout troop!
Being outside had always induced extreme anxiety for Julie. But with her friends and mom by her side, Julie felt safe to explore the new situation while attending day camp for the first time.
“She got so dirty that weekend,” Crystal said with a smile. “She is getting exposure to new experiences and that is so important to build social skills.”
School is often a struggle for her daughter but Girl Scouts has opened a whole new world for her. This past summer she was even able to go to overnight camp! Although there were a few calls home at first – Julie ended up having a blast and says she can’t wait to go back for a whole week this summer.
Girl Scouts serves as a bonding experience for Crystal and her daughter that she said didn’t exist before. Not only that but Crystal, who is a stay-at-home mom to three children with special needs, said Girl Scouts has given her a chance to make friends too! She serves as a troop leader, recruiter and Daisy consultant for the council.
Matthew and Crystal attended the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon last year and heard about Daisy’s Circle there.
“They asked if anyone wanted to become founding members,” Crystal remembered. “My husband and I looked at each other and we both knew it was something we were going to do.”
Crystal admits that as a one-income family, donating is a sacrifice. But for something that is so important to their daughter’s well being, it is just one thing they can do to give back.
“You have no idea the huge impact your donation can have,” Crystal said. “I know for certain that this troop has changed my daughter’s life.”
You, too, can change lives for girls just like Julie by becoming a member of Daisy’s Circle. On Daisy’s Circle Day – help us make a BIG impact in the lives of girls in our community.