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President Bush to Recognize Iowa Teen for Dedication to Service

President George W. Bush met Annie Wignall when he arrived in Des Moines, Iowa, Friday. In his State of the Union address, President Bush called on all Americans to dedicate at least two years of their lives—the equivalent of 4,000 hours—in service to their communities, our country and the world. President Bush is recognizing individuals around the country who are answering the call to service, and will recognize Wignall as an example of the dedication to service he is hoping to instill in all Americans through his USA Freedom Corps initiative.

Wignall is a thirteen year-old who two years ago founded the Care Bags Foundation to collect and distribute clothes, toys and personal care items to children who are victims of abuse or neglect. Wignall has filled approximately 100 bags per month with donated items to help children and teens in need. Earlier this year, Seventeen magazine and Cover Girl honored Wignall for her work with Care Bags Foundation.

Wignall also volunteers in her church nursery, with "New Kids on the Block," an organization that produces skits for elementary school children to help them understand physical and mental disabilities, and Builders Club, an organization that sponsors community beautification projects.

 

President Bush to Recognize Local Girl Scout Troop for Dedication to Volunteer Service

President George W. Bush met with members of Girl Scout Troop #272 upon arriving at the Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco, Washington on Friday, August 22, 2003. Each of these young girls participates in several volunteer service activities each year.

Earlier this year, President Bush celebrated the first anniversary of the USA Freedom Corps – his initiative to engage all Americans in service to their neighbors and their nation. President Bush is recognizing individuals around the country who are answering the call to volunteer service and will recognize these young girls as examples of the dedication to service he is hoping to instill in all Americans through his USA Freedom Corps initiative.

For the past four years, Troop #272 has helped brighten the lives of homebound seniors served by the Meals on Wheels program by giving them homemade gifts during the Christmas season.

In December 2002, each member of Troop #272 decorated more than 30 flower pots and planted flowers in each to be given as gifts. At the same time, Troop #272 also decorated shoe boxes and filled them with small gifts to be sent to young boys and girls living in Africa through a program administered by Samaritan’s Purse. Most recently, Troop #272 participated in “Cookies from Home, Notes from America,” selling boxes of Girl Scout cookies in their community that were sent to American soldiers deployed overseas.

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