Local girl uses horse equipment to help kids
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CREATED Aug. 1, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A Las Vegas girl is collecting used horse gear for her girl scout project. Her goal is to collect 100 items to donate to the Why Ranch.
Camila Alvarez is a 14-year-old Girl Scout. A horse lover. And a mentor for the WHY Ranch -- a horse program for socially-challenged kids in Las Vegas.
Camila thought many of the kids, who have come to love the animals, might also enjoy their own riding gear or equipment. "I think it will help them because most of the kids in WHY Ranch have self esteem issues. I think they'd feel better if they had stuff of their own instead of borrowing."
So, Camila started hitting up local ranches, asking for donations.
WHY Ranch Founder Amy Meyer says they'll use what they can and sell the rest online to help fund their program. "This will show the other kids, not only the peer mentors, but the others kids that it's important to be more of your community and really care about each other."
As a Peer Mentor, Camila helps teach younger riders. One of them, Natalia, wrote to say "Camila is awesome. She is really kind and patient with me."
It's that kindness and patience that has local ranches wanting to help Camila in her donation efforts. An effort that will help many kids for years to come.
Camila has collected 60 items so far. Special thanks to Four Views Equestrian Center for accommodating our shoot but also regularly hosting WHY ranch kids.