She may have just turned 9 years old in January, but Lacey Wilson-Pena is wise beyond her years. For starters, she reads MidWeek.
Last month the Kaleiopuu Elementary third-grader was reading the Proof Positive feature on the Girl Scouts of Hawaii and the nonprofit’s annual cookie drive when she noticed an accompanying photo with a caption that stated the girls planned to donate half their cookie sales to help victims of the earthquake in Haiti.
Lacey, a former Brownie, immediately posed a question to her mother Lisa Wilson.
“She asked, ‘How are they going to have a party if they give all their money away?‘That’s what started it: She was worried they wouldn’t have any money for themselves,” Wilson recalls with a proud smile.
“They did something nice for other people, so I wanted to do something nice for them,” adds Lacey.
After contacting Girl Scout headquarters, Lacey and her mom offered Troop 5006 a full day of free manicures, pedicures, hairstyling, dress-up and other girly fun at their Aiea shop, Pampered Princess.
And while a makeover day may seem a little frivolous for 5- to 11-year-olds, Girl Scouts Beyond Bars program (which provides girls an opportunity to visit their incarcerated mothers and take part in mother/daughter Girl Scout troop meetings) coordinator Kristin Davidson says it meant a lot to this particular group of girls.
“This is a special group of girls who may not have the same opportunities as other girls to learn the value and importance of self-care,” she explains. “Mahalo to Lisa, Lacey and Pampered Princess for their thoughtfulness and generosity in providing this very memorable experience for the girls. It also showed them how giving back to our communities - whether locally or globally - can inspire others.”
Wilson also attributes her youngest daughter’s willingness to give to the positive influence of her older children, Hunter and Bailey.
“They’ve done other things for breast cancer awareness, and they’ve done quite a bit of giving back in Macy’s,” the Kunia resident says. “But it was nice that Lacey thought of doing this all by herself. We heard them say it was the best day of their lives. It was really touching.”
Adds Lacey: “I felt proud to help them, and they looked kind of happy and grateful. That makes me feel happy and excited for them and grateful to help them.”
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