A Lifesaving Gift

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May 4th started out like any other spring day for Dr. Glenn Hodges. He spent the morning tending to his garden. But when he walked back into the house the unthinkable happened. He went into cardiac arrest.

Without hesitation, his wife Carolyn called 911 and began CPR. Her quick thinking and ability to use a skill she had learned long ago while serving as a Girl Scout troop leader helped to save her husband’s life.

Thankfully, Dr. Hodges recovered and after a few months the couple began thinking about how they could give back and help the community benefit from all they had been through. They both credit Girl Scouts for helping Carolyn learn an invaluable tool that saves lives every day.

Carolyn’s love for Girl Scouts can be traced back to 1948 when she remembers asking her mom if she could join her friends to become a Brownie. She most fondly recalls having a blast at day camp.

When Carolyn was a young mom moving to the Kansas City area she knew she wanted her daughters to be Girl Scouts. When she found there was no troop leader she stepped up as a volunteer and continued in that role for 15 years.

Girl Scouts has been a huge part of both their lives, Carolyn as a troop leader for all four of her daughters and Dr. Hodges as an active Girl Scout dad. The tradition has definitely continued with three of her granddaughters joining Girl Scouts as well.

“It’s a three-generation tradition so far and it will keep going,” Carolyn said.

Hodges Family

The couple stands with their four grown daughters and three grandaughters.

The couple has given back to Girl Scouts for years but it was her husband’s idea to create a special fund in honor of his wife.

In August, the Hodges announced an annual gift of $5,000 to the council for the Carolyn Hodges “Great Save” Fund. Thanks to their generous ongoing donation troops can apply for a mini-grant that will pay 50% of the cost of certification (up to $55 per person). Costs will be reimbursed after the participant completes the class and questionnaire.

Each year, funds will be distributed in each of the four regions of the council, so that Girl Scouts across the 47-county area may have access to grant funds throughout the year. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. If you would like to apply please visit the First Aid and CPR page of our website.

The Hodges are happy to make it possible for more girls and volunteers to learn this lifesaving skill. After all, part of the Girl Scout Promise is to help people at all times.

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