Crew Member Earns GS Gold Award

posted Jun 1, 2016, 11:17 AM by Mark Rozek   [ updated Jun 1, 2016, 11:17 AM ]

Girl Scout goes for gold

Published Oct 8, 2015 at 12:14 pm 

 By Rose Sgarlato

Andover Township — Girl Scout Katie Reidmiller recently presented her Gold Award project to Andover’s Township Committee.

Entitled The Red Envelope Project, Katie, 15, and a member of Troop 762, impressed the public and council members with her creativity and user-friendly concept. The Red Envelope is labeled as medical information for people who are homebound that may be elderly or disabled. The envelope is actually red and contains medical history, emergency contacts, power of attorney and a will. A small hole in the envelope makes it easily accessible to a wheelchair or bed.

Geared towards those that may be living alone, Katie was inspired by her grandfather who lived with her family. “When he passed away a year ago, it was helpful to us,” said Katie. “He had many incidents where he had to be taken to the hospital and having the red envelope ready with all the information needed was useful.” Katie’s mother Debbie Reidmiller was the original creator of the idea. Once approved by the Girl Scouts, Katie made 200 red envelopes for local distribution under Debbie’s direction.

Katie is giving the red envelopes to Lakeland Emergency Squad, town hall, Andover Township Police along with friends and family. Deputy Mayor Janis McGovern, the liaison to the Greater Andover Senior Citizens, complemented Katie on the idea and encouraged a presentation. “I think this is a great idea and so useful. I would love for Katie to present this to our seniors,” said Mc Govern.

A scout for 10 years and sophomore at Newton High School, the project took about 96 hours. “It was fun to do and hopefully people will find out about it and give it to people who need it,” said Katie.