Daily Point of Light # 2729 Jul 21, 2004

Tiffany Barnhart has been a dedicated Girl Scout for the past four years. She loves serving others and especially enjoys helping young people and animals. Tiffany has been doing volunteer work for many organizations and people since the age of two. Then she went around with her parents, but now she is able to serve on her own.

The local police department uses stuffed animals as a part of their “Trauma Bears” program. These are used to comfort a children who has been involved in a car accident. Tiffany collected over 325 stuffed animals and asked her girl scout troop, teachers and students at her mother’s school to take part in collecting the animals, also.

Tiffany knows first hand that the trauma bears are needed because she and her mother were involved in a car accident on the way to a scouting meeting. She was injured, scared and had to go to the hospital for x-rays. Tiffany was fortunate she received the last trauma bear that was in the trunk of the officer’s car. Though she twisted the bones in her neck, the trauma bear helped comfort her and have courage. She collected the bears because she remembered how it helped her. They were distributed to the Hurst and Haltom City Police Departments.

In addition to collecting trauma bears, Tiffany volunteers at nursing homes, orphanages and children’s hospitals. She goes to sing for and with the residents and spend time visiting with them. She is also a member of a children’s group called God’s Country Kids that is a nonprofit organization using their talents to help entertain and cheer up people in need. Tiffany also collects clothes to give to Goodwill, food for local food banks and cat and dog supplies for her local Humane Society.

Her family donates a Thanksgiving meal to a family in need during the holidays, and her scouting troop also helped to collect 500 pounds of clothing to donate. Tiffany also participates in the Bird’s Christmas Tree for Fort Worth. This project entails volunteers making biodegradable birdfeeders and hanging them on trees for the birds to have food during the winters. She also raised three colonies of Painted Lady Butterflies and one colony of Ladybugs that she released into the wild to help local plant life grow. Tiffany has also volunteered with the YMCA during the Easter holidays, the annual Christmas Program for the Lexington House Nursing Home and the St. Jude’s Trike-A-Thon.