Palisadian Girl Scout Madeline Brown Sews for Her Gold Award

For more than 80 hours, Madeline Brown sewed. When she finished, she had constructed 60 diaper bags and 300 hats for mothers and their newborns. The 16-year-old Palisades High School sophomore also taught 12 younger Girl Scouts how to sew.

In the process of sewing and finishing necessary baby items, Brown completed her Girl Scout Gold Award leadership/community service project and will receive her award from the Greater Los Angeles Girl Scout Council this month.

Madeline Brown sewed necessary baby items for her Girl Scout Gold Award.

Madeline Brown sewed necessary baby items for her Girl Scout Gold Award.

Brown joined the Girl Scouts in 2006, and has been a member of Troop 12815 ever since. She learned the practical art of sewing from her mom, Lisa Moore Brown.

Brown chose to sew for a nonprofit, Claris Health, which serves low income families with newborns and children under the age of two, because she had done extensive volunteer work for them.

In 2013, she hosted a baby shower for expectant mothers at Claris Health in West L.A. Brown continued her volunteer efforts over the next three years by donating baby formula and became close with the Claris Health director.

“I wanted to do a charitable sewing project for them, because I knew they would be the perfect recipients,” Brown said.

In addition to Girl Scouts, Brown is also the captain of the color guard team at PaliHi.

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