GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Donate Life Indiana has teamed up with local boy and girl scout troops to promote organ donation.
They approached the Sagamore Council to get the education program started in the local Scouts BSA troops. They then rolled out the program with the Girl Scouts. The scouts earn a patch once they've completed the activities.
Andi Amburgey Atherine is the co-director for Donate Life Indiana. It's her job to educate Hoosier kids about organ donation. However since the coronavirus shut down schools, they turned to the scouts to continue their mission.
"This patch is about awareness and making teenager or younger aware of organ donation, a topic that's not typically addressed until a teen goes to the BMV to get their learners permit or drivers license," she said.
"Part of the scout oath is to help people at all times and that's an oath, it's our mantra," said Ben Blumenberg, CEO of the Sagamore Council. "It's more than something that we say. We were certainly excited about the opportunity to partner with Donate Life."
Some of the tasks the scouts have to make a poster about organ donation, and have a conversation with an adult about what it means to be an organ donor.