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Valley Girl Scouts help West Virginia flood victims

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Four local girls couldn't wait to dip their toes in the water this summer, after working tirelessly to raise enough money to visit a water park. But, the group of Girl Scouts decided to put their plans on hold when they took the money raised and jumped full-heartedly into a trip to help flood-devastated West Virginia.

Pictures captured by the four young girls show bridges washed away, as well as homes and their contents inside destroyed.

"A part of me would feel guilty if I didn't go help these people because it was looking really bad down there," said De'Lajha Jones of Youngstown.

"What if your house was torn down, people would want to help you and now you've got to help others," said A'hlina Shelton of Youngstown.

The group touched base with the Red Cross but, say communication fell off so, with little guidance on where or how to help they continued on to West Virginia.

"We decided to do it, our girls were down. So we just said we know Clay County got hit hard and we took the money we had and we said we're just going to find a cheap hotel and hope for the best," said Trooper Leader Jessica Gonzalez.

The group stumbled onto a church loading supplies and dived right in to help.

"We helped sort diapers and clothes and everything," explained Destiny Givhan of Fowler.

The group said West Virginia was a different experience for the girls. They say, one woman they met said her daughter had never met an African American woman.

"I was kind of proud that I was the first African American person that they'd seen, I thought that was a great opportunity to let them know that all African Americans aren't bad and I was one of them," said Jones.

"I was happy that we went and actually showed them who we really are that we're not mean, that we're actually very good people," said Aiyana Moore of Youngstown.

And the group hopes others see what they're doing and in turn  remember The Golden Rule and always treat other like you would want to be treated. 

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