American Heritage Girls offers parents a place to turn to when they want their daughters to learn to care for others and to have their family's Christian values reinforced.
Many fathers and mothers have turned away from the Girl Scouts because of its left-leaning national organization (see earlier story). In 1995, American Heritage Girls was formed as an alternative for girls and their families. Executive director Patti Garibay tells OneNewsNow what separates her organization from the Girl Scouts.
"As a Christ-centered organization, we follow biblical principles," she says, "and the sanctity of life is one of those very basic principles that Christ taught us."
And although AHG is not a pro-life organization as such, when the subject is brought up the girls are taught the value of each life. In fact, AHG just created a new "Respect for Life Patch" that reinforces the organization's commitment to honoring life from conception to natural death.
Last year, the Christian organization saw a 40-percent growth rate. Garibay was asked to explain the reason for that growth.
"I really believe the parents are looking for help," Garibay responds. "They are looking for organizations and ministries that undergird their family's values and their beliefs and that therefore those values become a lifestyle for the family and for the girl."
According to Garibay, the girls love to help the disenfranchised who are in need – such as the hungry, the homeless, and the unborn. She adds that among their projects, the girls help at pregnancy care centers, organize collections for diapers, and help renovate or refurbish a place for women to be safe.