Wednesday, March 7, 2012

'Here Come the Girl Scouts': We've got a winner

GS20205, you've won a copy of "Here Come the Girl Scouts."
Send me an email with your mailing address, and I'll get the book to you.

Last week, I asked readers to tell me why they deserved this new picture book by Shana Corey, who grew up in Charlotte. Wow, did I get great responses.

Some older readers told me about their decades-ago adventures as Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts told me about devoted moms who put in countless hours as cookie sellers and troop leaders. Troop leaders described how much they enjoyed working with scouts.

And I heard from moms justifiably proud of daughters who've excelled as Girl Scouts. Choosing a single winner was hard. I wish I had free books for everyone.

Finally, though, I picked a mom who signs herself "GS20205." She told me that along with selling more than 9,000 boxes of cookies, her daughter has volunteered her time with disabled kids for more than three years. "She would love to share this book with her special needs fellow Girl Scout!!!" she wrote.

I have to think that Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low would like that.