Even though they can’t currently meet in person, this year’s class of Spirit Girls has been busy. To commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, members of the Spirit Girls decorated the Forrest General Cancer Center with pink pumpkins bearing words of encouragement as well as pink ribbons.
“This is something the girls enjoy doing every year,” said Tyra Willamor, Spirit Girls coordinator. “We’ve done this for at least the past four years if not longer.”
The group also placed brightly colored pumpkins at the Asbury Hospice House. “The pumpkins the Spirit Girls decorated for the Asbury Hospice House bring smiles to the faces of the patients and visitors along with the staff,” said Becky Pardue, director Asbury Hospice House and FGH Hospice. “They have helped us feel a sense of fall, and we greatly appreciate their service!”
The Spirit Girls also recently made a large donation to Southern Pines Animal Shelter. Donations included 500 toilet paper/paper towel rolls, 500 water bottles 300 pounds of dog and cat food, 100 pet toys, as well as countless trash bags, blankets and towels to keep the dogs and cats warm this winter.
According to Ginny Sims, shelter executive director, the paper towel rolls and water bottles collected by the Spirit Girls will find a second use at the animal shelter serving as enrichment for shelter pets. “They become treat holders and toys that offer mental stimulation to our shelter pets helping to make their time with us less stressful and more enjoyable,” Sims said. “We aim to make sure every pet receives kennel enrichment daily, so these donations help us achieve that goal! We are so grateful for the Spirit Girls and our community of supporters that make lifesaving possible!
“Southern Pines takes in more than 7,000 pets in need each year, so when groups like the Spirit Girls come together to organize donations it makes all the difference. Having a community of people come together with a specific goal to help the pets at our shelter helps us keep providing them with vital things they need to stay happy and healthy.”
Willamor is proud of the Spirit Girls who want to make a difference in their community. “Even through all of this year’s events, Spirit Girls still want to make a mark in their community,” she said. “These are just some of the way the girls can continue to help, encourage, inspire and give back to a community they love and adore.”
The Spirit Girl teen board was developed in an effort to reach young women through events targeted at promoting self-esteem and encouraging healthy lifestyles. Spirit Girls participate in Spirit of Women events, educational programs, community and charitable events throughout the year. Members are girls who are residents of Covington, Forrest, George, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lamar, Lawrence, Marion, Pearl River, Perry, Pike, Simpson, Smith, Stone, Wayne or Walthall County.