A benefit later this week hosted by the American Heritage Girls Troop MT0406 will help raise money for Reach Out & Care (ROC) Wheels, a local faith-based non-profit organization that fits wheelchairs and gait trainers to children who need them worldwide.
The pancake breakfast benefit is scheduled for Saturday, September 16, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Concord Harvest Church at 517 S. Main in Three Forks. There is no set cost for the benefit, and those in attendance are being asked to donate to the troop's fundraising efforts, with all money raised donated to ROC Wheels.
A Christian scouting organization, American Heritage Girls, conducts a National Day of Service each year.
"This day is set aside for Troops across the country to join together in living out the AHG Oath in their own communities as they thoughtfully and faithfully give to others. This event allows Troops to simultaneously celebrate AHG's birthday and serve their communities. This year, MT0406 has decided to serve their community by hosting a pancake breakfast to raise money to give to ROC Wheels," Tracy Schmitt said.
According to Schmitt, last year, the troop helped elderly residents in the community with tasks like yard work, and this year, they decided to help out ROC Wheels, who she said does such great things for children with disabilities.
ROC Wheels works with in-country partners to identify children needing wheelchairs and has dedicated teams that design, assemble, and deliver wheelchairs and gait trainers.
With part of the theme for the troop this year to show how God has woven people to be unique and individual, Schmitt said the benefit will be a wonderful opportunity to show members how each of them can contribute and help others and how everyone is different.
"We're honoring those that are created different. What we can do at our level and the ages of girls we have is to raise money for this organization so they can go out and make wheelchairs for those in need," she said.
Since the troop's formation in 2022, Schmitt said they have grown rapidly, with 25 members in the first year and now are up to 31 in year two.
"We have grown, and we are excited to see how God works in all of their lives and how we can help them grow in their faith," she said.
Schmitt said their mission is to create women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country. She said the upcoming benefit is focusing on a way to reach out and help the community.
Looking towards the future, Schmitt said they would raise money to lay wreaths on graves on Veterans Day, a way for members to focus on their country. She added they also have a lot of family-focused events.
For those interested in joining the American Heritage Girls Troop MT0406, please email Schmitt at [email protected].