Girl scouts works to help member


A local girl scout troop has undertaken a project to raise $6,000 to help one of its troop own.

One of the scouts in the local 201 troop, Ashleigh Santisteven, was born with cerebral palsy and her fellow troop members are trying to raise enough money so she can purchase a service dog to help her in her day-to-day life.

The troop is hosting a chili feed to raise money for the drive Sunday at the Shadow Mountain Clubhouse in Craig.

Troop leader Bobbi McAlexander said the girls already have raised $1,000 in ticket sales for Sunday, and said tickets will be available at the door.

Tickets cost $2.50 for an individual, and $10 for a family.

Girls from other girl scout troops also will be at the chili feed selling cakes.

Money raised on cake sales also will be put toward the fund for a dog for Santisteven.

The troop is working for a bronze award, which is one of the most prestigious awards girl scouts can earn.

It requires 16 hours of community service toward one cause.

"They've done an excellent job," McAlexander said. "They set the goal, and they've stepped up considerably to help her."

The chili feed is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, and the dog the group is working to purchase for Santisteven will be on hand.

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