A local Girl Scout is paying it forward to those in need by collecting items to donate to the Girl Scout organization in Oklahoma to help with tornado relief efforts.
"I saw how many people it affected and really wanted to help," said Megan Buehler, a 10-year-old Junior Girl Scout with a troop in Mt. Juliet.
Megan and her mother, Holly, set up a donation station behind the Discount Tire in Lebanon, and Megan said they have done "pretty darn good" with the amount of items and money that have been donated by generous citizens.
Thursday afternoon, Megan said "a very nice man donated a $100 bill." Items the Buehlers are asking for are backpacks, school supplies, journals and stamps. Any monetary donations will be used to buy supplies in Moore, Okla., which was descimated by a tornado in the spring. The mother and daughter were at it since Monday, and Holly said they will remain at their station through Sunday.
"We will be here all day [Friday] and from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. until about 3 p.m. Sunday," Holly said.
Megan said Thursday, the donations included about $200 worth of supplies and several hundred dollars in monetary gifts. And donors were still stopping by to give more.
"Hygiene supplies have been donated the most so far," Megan said.
Holly said the family will head to Oklahoma City on Monday to deliver the supplies to the Girl Scout organization there. The self-appointed chauffeur said they are paying for the gas to deliver the supplies and the hotel room for their stay, but otherwise this was her daughter's show.
"This is her first 'on her own' project that isn't with the entire troop," Holly said.
She also said she "would love to fill up the Suburban" with items to give to the tornado victims.
"It could happen to anybody; you just don't know. We just want to help others," Holly said.