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Community Spotlight: Paige

When Paige Kobza was thinking about where she wanted to complete her Girl Scouts Gold Award, an award that challenges senior girl scouts to change the world, the Ronald McDonald House was the first thought in her mind.

Almost ten years ago, when Paige’s brother had to have open heart surgery, her family learned about the Ronald McDonald House in Michigan and have been collecting pop tops and volunteering ever since.

For her Gold Award, Paige came to the house six times to draw with some of the children at the house, and then made thank you cards out of the children’s work with a note included about each artist. Working and playing with the kids was the most rewarding for Paige, as she was able to translate her passion for art into an activity for the children at the house to have fun and be creative during a tough time.

Paige not only impacted the children she worked with at the house, but also was able to get others involved in her project. She hosted workshops with two daisy troops and one junior troop, to collect wish-list items and educate them on the mission of Ronald McDonald House. Many of the young girls she worked with brought in more than one wish-list item and received a Ronald McDonald House badge for participating in the drive. Paige’s work had such an impact on these troops that after her workshops were over, all of the groups she worked with came back to the house to take a tour and volunteer. It was important to Paige that the troops she worked with were thinking about ways they could help out in their community, and through her Gold Award, Paige was able to share her passion for art and the Ronald McDonald House to make a difference in the lives of so many people.