Scout project showcases Valley charities |

Scout project showcases Valley charities

by Carson Costa

Special to The R-C

Alyxx Peterson is proving you don’t have to be all grown up to make a big difference.

The sixth-grader in Mrs. Anderson’s Class at Minden Elementary School has been a Girl Scout since first grade, and in order to earn her Silver Award she has to conduct a 50-hour project.

Her project is an event called Kids Give Back, which will showcase the charities in Douglas County.

“Her favorite part about Girl Scouts has always been volunteering, she loves to volunteer in the community,” said her mother Kelly Peterson. “She wants to show people how rewarding it is, and that it’s much more than arts and crafts.”

Some of the charities that will be attending the event are Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Students Taking On Prevention, Between Humans and Horses, Ring in Kindness, Project Linus, Backpack Buddies, and Boys and Girl Club of Carson Valley.

Although many of these charities are household names, others may not be as familiar.

Between Humans and Horses is a charity which helps people with mental or physical disabilities through the simple therapy of riding a horse. Ring in Kindness creates wind chimes, and hangs them around town with a note direction people to “take me home or give me to someone who could use some cheering up,” and Project Linus provides blankets to people who have recently been through some type of trauma, such as losing their home in a fire.

Between all the charities, there will also be activities including a craft fair, writing letters to troops, kittens up for adoption, and a chance to meet Miss Douglas County Bailey Gumm and Miss Douglas County Outstanding Teen Macie Tuell. Both will be available for free pictures.

“We definitely think it’s going to be fun for the kids,” said Kelly.

The event will take place 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, and will be free of charge. There will be some snacks and water available.

Alyxx helps out at Circles for Support every Wednesday, and volunteers with Ring in Kindness, STOP, and her Troupe recently made 100 blankets for Project Linus.

Alyxx said her favorite charity to help out with is Project Santa Claus because she likes to wrap the presents, “for all the kids who don’t get presents and help them have a good Christmas. It makes me feel good.”

To make this event happen, Alyxx had to line up all the charities, book the hall, ask the grocery stores for snack donations, figure out the decorations, and obtain the banners, which were donated by Signs of Excitement.

“The hardest part was making the phone calls to all the charities. I would like to thank Cheryl Bricker, my Girl Scout Troupe, and my troupe leaders for their help. My mom is one of my troupe leaders,” Alyxx said.

“I’m like her sounding board. I definitely help her out and give her some guidance when she needs it, but all the ideas are hers,” said Kelly.

When she’s not busy volunteering and organizing charity events, Alyxx is participates in sports. She plays volleyball, basketball, soccer, and skis.

Ultimately, she hopes her event will get other kids to help out in the community, and that they will come to enjoy it as much as she does.