A “Monumental” Undertaking…Literally

Hello Everyone

I will be taking on an enormous task but I believe it will be fun and very rewarding. I was asked a while back by U.S. State Senator Lugar, after visiting with him on Capitol Hill, that we didn’t have a monument of the founder of the Girl Scouts of The USA. I was told I should spearhead this movement & get her monument on the grounds in Washington D.C.

~Excerpt From Faith’s Email 7/18/2014

A lot was said in the first part of that email, and Faith had an idea of the enormity of her task in having a statue created of the founder of the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., Juliette Gordon Low. The picture became even more clear when it came to getting designs and an approximate cost for the monument.

Faith was working with two companies: Tippecanoe Memorial Gardens and Fisher Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services. When all was said and done Faith went with Fisher. The following are the ideas presented to Faith that made the biggest impression on her.

The first idea was for a bronze statue:

Girl Scouts 1_CLOSEUPThe cost: around $25,00 and $30,00 and an artist would do the bronze casting.

The second idea:

Girl Scouts 2_CLOSEUPThe cost: around $10,00 to $15,000.

Fisher Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services offered more ideas in order to give Faith more to work with. Now she had her goal in mind…she wanted the bronze statue.

Faith was able to get the interest of three organizations to help in raising money through cookouts: The Knights Of Columbus, The American Legion & The Fraternal Order Of Eagles. But that wasn’t the end to her thoughts about raising the money.

She had an idea that would involve the Daisies and the Brownies, she called it the “The Mother, Daughter & Grandma Tea”. But not just a community effort but one involving the national community of the Girl Scouts. But Faith’s ideas didn’t stop there. She wanted to work with the “Build-A Bear Workshop”, A tea at the home of the Indiana Lieutenant Governor’s Home, and A Girl Scout Tea with the Mayor of Lafayette, Indiana, to name just a few.

The fundraising will begin in about two weeks starting August 14th, 2014 and ending May 21st, 2015. Faith also asks that if anyone has any more ideas to please contact her at the following phone numbers:



 As the project progresses more information will be available on this site as well as Faith’s Facebook page “Operation Teddy Bear (Bear Hugs for the Troops). If you are new to this site please check out Faith’s Foundations under the “Other Programs” tab under the page banner.

*NOTE: All pictures are used with approval of the owners.

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Tulip Trees for Our Fallen Heroes

imagesFaith will meet the planting crew on Saturday 6/21/2014 at 9PM at the Lafayette National Guard Armory 5218 Haggerty Lane Lafayette, In 47905 . If any from the community would like to donate top soil or mulch you are more than welcome to drop bags off at the Armory. We will load supplies up & take off from the Armory.  There is a total of 12 to 14 sites that we will head to that day in order to plant the Tulip Trees. Arni’s Pizza in Market Square will provide lunch.

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Big Update: Compassion Blankets for Sandy Hook, Easter Greetings for the Troops and a Change for Bear Hugs for the Troops


Compassion Blankets for Sandy Hook

Because of the generous outpouring of support of the community, elementary schools, Subaru of Indiana, J.C. Penney’s, Prudential Spirit of Community and Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, Faith was able to donate 120 Compassion Blankets to Franciscan Saint Elizabeth Health to the Pediatric Department and Neonatal Intensive Care.

Faith earned her Girl Scout Gold Award through her efforts in this project.

For more on the event: Click Here

Easter Greetings for Our Troops

Faith is going to be holding a greeting card drive to wish our troops a Happy Easter. She is asking elementary schools, youth organizations, churches, anyone who would like to help with this project and to send them to her address:

 P.O. Box 5766

Lafayette, Indiana, 47903

Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Bear Hugs to the Troops: New Rules for Sending Bears

All bears being sent to our troops overseas have to be NEW. Used Teddy Bears can no longer be sent.

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“MY BEST FRIEND” – Gallery Exhibit

penPhotoThis Galley Exhibit will express the creative writings of youths & their family pets as well as the work of Mr. Greg Brown, just returning from a deployment in Afghanistan, who works with both realism & cartoon drawings. Mr. Brown has two books out “The Art Of Greg Brown part 1″ & O.I.F.- The Lighter Side of Operation Iraqi Freedom”.

The exhibit will take place at West Lafayette Public Library. 208 West Columbia Street West Lafayette, In 47906, Date  11/11/2013, Time 1- 3PM.


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Compassion Blankets Needed!

CompassionFrom Faith:

It was suggested from the Superintendents Office in Newtown Ct. to send the homemade blankets in honor of all those who lost their lives on December 17,2012 to our local Hospital  by way of their Neonatal Department. I, a long with some who made the blankets will present the No Sew Blankets before Thanksgiving 2013.

So far there are 11 Blankets ready to go and I’m looking for a total of 60 Blankets for this project. So, I would like to  reach out to any ladies sewing circle, lades church group, Home Extension Clubs or Sororities that would like to make blankets.

Where to send the blankets:

Faith Killian-Fassnacht -PO Box5766 Lafayette, In 47909

If you do not know how to make the blanket

You’re help would be greatly appreciated…Thank You

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Local author, teen teach expression through writing

jcOnlineFrom jconline.com August 10th, 2013

Writing can be a means to many ends. It can earn a grade, earn a paycheck and entertain. For some, though, it’s therapy.

Fifteen-year-old Faith Killian-Fassnacht is no stranger to using writing as a tool toward self healing.

Her tumultuous childhood, she said, was an impetus to explore creative outlets. Now, she shares this with fellow teens through workshops called, “Writings on the Wall.”

“I just thought that if it helped me it has to help other people,” Killian-Fassnacht said.

Please continue reading the rest of the post here

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Writing On The Journals – Help Needed!

BearNew03First, let me say I apologize for posting this in a “not so timely” manner. I try to help Faith to the best of my abilities and a lot times my work can make this difficult at best.  -Thom (Site Admin)

Faith needs some assistance:

The police officers of the Lafayette Police Department (Lafayette, Indiana) would like to carry her “Writings On The Wall” Journals in their police cars. In order to do this Faith has talked to Michelle at Staples Copy Center and this is what Michelle wrote:

From 3/10 to 3/23 only, the coverbind that I showed you as an alternative to spiral binding will be only $0.99 a book.  This will end on 3/23, no exceptions.  I believe this will bring the price per book down by $2.00 each.  You may want to approach this with whomever at the police department wanted to do these so they can take advantage of this offer before it’s gone.

So, 50 copies would cost $49.50 (USD) and Faith is trying to get 400 copies to the police. Your help would be greatly appreciated. If you need any more information please contact Faith at: littleballerina1@comcast.net

Thank You

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