Amber Vitoulis received the Girl Scout Silver Award for her initiative Butterfly Bags, Bringing Hope to Children in Foster Care. She was presented the award at a ceremony held on Sat., Nov. 17 at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater in Peekskill, NY.
Amber received certificates for her achievement from State Senator John J. Bonacic and from the Legislature of Orange County for outstanding community service and dedicated individual effort. She has also been commended by Darcie Miller, Commissioner of the Orange County Department of Social Services.
Amber made her first delivery of Butterfly Bags to Social Services in September. To date, more than 30 children have received a backpack. The bags help to provide comfort and encouragement to children who are being placed in foster care. Amber has more bags and supplies in storage, ready to go, as they are needed.
Amber is overwhelmed by the support of the community, saying. “I learned from this project that when people are made aware about a situation, especially when it is to help children, they can be very generous. It showed me how good people are.”
Amber is grateful to the local community, Grace Lutheran Church, and all the individuals, families, Girl Scout troops, businesses, and everyone who has contributed and supported this project.
Although Amber has received her Silver Award, the work continues and collecting donations will be an ongoing endeavor. Donations of new backpacks, small throw blankets, baby blankets, stuffed animals, clothing, hairbrushes, toothbrushes, books, coloring books, crayons, and journals may be made for boys and girls ages newborn through teens. Collection sites are Grace Lutheran Church, located at 25 Waterstone Rd. in Greenwood Lake; Sew-cology, located at 28 Ronald Reagan Blvd. in Warwick; and soon at River and Mountain Midwives, located at 1229 Rte. 300 in Newburgh, NY.
For more information or to make a donation visit www.Facebook.com/ButterflyBagsOfHope or send an email to ButterflyBagsForHope@gmail.com.