Members of Girl Scout Junior Troop 11807 recently made a donation to help Barrow County children who have lost their homes to fire.
Each scout made a blanket and donated it to Barrow County’s Children after the Fire program.
“It is wonderful to see these young ladies give their own time and energy to help out those in need,” said Barrow County Emergency Services public information officer Lt. Scott Dakin. “The blankets will be given on scene to the children and in some cases it may be all the child has at the time as a result of the fire.”
Children after the Fire is an award winning program that assists children who have been involved in a fire or who have lost a family member due to a traumatic death. The program is completely funded through donations from citizens and businesses in Barrow County.
The program offers counseling and education services and, in some cases, a chance to shop with a firefighter to replace a lost toy. Each child is eligible to receive up to 12 counseling sessions. Counseling services are provided by The Tree House.
Barrow County Emergency Services, the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office and the Winder Police Department also offer educational sessions tailored to the child’s needs. The program is offered to the family at no cost.
The program, which will celebrate its fifth anniversary this month, was awarded the International Fire Chiefs Association’s Award of Excellence in 2006.