Girl Scouts Help Autistic Children

June 10, 2011 Updated Jun 10, 2011 at 8:10 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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June 10, 2011 Updated Jun 10, 2011 at 8:10 PM EDT

GETZVILLE, NY ( WKBW ) The Girl Scouts are always looking for ways to better their community. Recently, some of the girl scouts who attend Williamsville Middle School came up with an idea to help the children at Summit Educational Resources in Getzville, NY.

Summit helps autistic and challenged children through educational and other programs.

Ringleader Abbey Nurse told Eyewitness News, "They don't have much opportunity to get toys because they break easily, and they use them over and over...and they get lost or misplaced. We thought it would be a good idea to bring as many toys as we could to Summit."

So during the recent "Summit Walk For Autism," hosted by Channel 7's own Keith Radford, the girls set up a table to raise money for their cause.

With ice cream from Anderson's, they sold sweet treats including baked goods and sundaes. It was a simple idea that generated over $1,000 dollars. Dollars used to buy books and toys.

Scout Maggie McAvoy said, "I thought it was a really good idea because they really don't have that many toys, and they really need them. I know a few people with autism or who know people with autism."

The young people at Summit thought it was Christmas morning all over again. The girls managed to get about 250 other students, and girl scouts, on board for this project.

Nora Slonim explained how one thoughtful idea from one thoughtful child made it happen. "It was actually Abbey's (idea), she wanted to help her brother at the school..and me and Maggie thought it was a really good idea," Nora said.

So...our hats off to Abbey Nurse, Maggie McAvoy, and Nora Slonim, our "Persons Of The Week" for Friday June 10, 2011...Making Good Things Happen for the children at Summit Educational Resources.