HOWLAND - A local Girl Scout earned her Gold Award while making life a little easier for foster children.
Lauren Wimer, of Girl Scout Troop 598 of Howland and a senior at Howland High School, donated 50 suitcases and backpacks for the foster children at Trumbull County Children Services.
The items were dropped off this week with personal hygiene items inside, such as toothbrush and toothpaste, for the children.
Wimer said both of her parents have been foster parents for several children and wanted to do something to help the children.
She said many foster children often do not have many personal items and bring things in trash bags.
''This gives them a sense of personal belonging,'' Wimer said.
Cynthia Little, senior supervisor of foster care / adoption services a TCCS, said the donation will be appreciated by the children and the families they serve.
Barb Rosenblum, troop leader, said Wimer's project will make a difference for so many of the children helped by the agency.
''It will help a lot,'' she said, assisting Wimer in placing the donation in the agency's lobby on Monday.
Wimer, daughter of John and Debora Wimer, has been in scouting 13 years. She will be presented her honor in June. The project was approved last summer by Girl Scouts of Northeastern Ohio board.