LINCOLNTON––Local Girl Scouts recently welcomed to the world a little lady who just might join them one day.
According to GSA Leader Joyce Ledford of Troop No. 20740, who also serves on the Lincoln County Girl Scouts Service Team, every year March 12 is celebrated as National Girl Scout Day: the anniversary of the date that Juliet Gordon Lowe of Savannah founded the Girl Scouts.
On this day, as Ledford explained, “the Girl Scout leaders of Lincoln County have a baby shower for the first baby girl born at a Lincoln County hospital, and we deliver the gifts.
“This year was a little different,” she added. “With the virus scare, I asked the wonderful nurses at Atrium Health Hospital in Lincolnton to deliver (gifts) and take pictures for us, which I have shared. These pictures are of New Beginnings nurses at Atrium Health-Lincolnton, and the new mom and first baby girl, who actually didn’t come until the next day.”
But so what, right? March 13 is close enough, and any day is a good day to be born, as the nurses noted.
Ledford revealed that the proud mom is Shamere Johnson, and her baby girl is named Averie. She weighed in at a healthy eight pounds and eight ounces, and she was 19 inches long at birth.
Ledford continued that greeting newborn girls on March 12 is now an eight-year tradition for local Girl Scouts. Each GSA leader brings an item for the baby girl and puts it together in baskets to present to the new mom, along with a thank-you poem.
“It’s such a blessing,” said Ledford, also expressing her thanks to the nurses for being there in lieu of any local GSA members, “due to the virus restrictions at the hospital.”
More about Girl Scout Troop No. 20740
Ledford said her own Troop No. 20740 has 28 girls, ranging from kindergarten age all the way to 12th grade.
It’s based out of the First United Methodist Church of Lincolnton, which sponsors the troop. Ledford thanked her assistants and parents for helping to make the troop such a success.
“We are very active in the community and donate to the Hesed House of Hope and Christian Ministry,” she said. “Plus, we have our own community service box that our girls built and placed on church grounds, which we try to keep stocked with the help of the church. We actually just donated several-hundred dollars’ worth of needed baskets, buckets and Easter accessories to Christian Ministry.”
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