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Lynchburg High Schoolers Create Group to Motivate Girls


Lynchburg, VA - Two high school seniors have started a group that is touching lives.

Liza Pittard and Carson Creasy are super planners. It's a skill that has become essential since the pair started "Girls in Virginia," a community service group aimed at getting girls involved.

"We just reach out to younger girls, and try to make community service seem really fun," said Creasy, vice president of GIV.

That simple idea turned into a large sisterhood of teens all focused on giving back.

"The little things you can do go a long way, and service can be fun which is kind of what we like to say GIV is all about," said Pittard, president of GIV.

GIV have contributed to several nonprofits in the area like Habitat for Humanity that helps build homes in Lynchburg. They also plan to donate funds to help stock the shelves at an area food bank.

"That's amazing that high school kids have thought about that and are willing to devote the energy, and time it takes to do something like that," said Jim Scrivener, branch manager of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

The girls come up with creative ways to raise funds like making pottery, hosting a 12 hour dance-a-thon and even baking.

"We all have fun. We bake at the church the day before and the day of the event. It's just a bunch of girls in a kitchen baking. It's really fun," said Creasy.

The duo is now seniors, but they say GIV won't stop when they graduate. They have plans to get girls involved across the state.

"We hope to be doing more community service and making more girls feel a part of something that is the hope," said Pittard.

GIV has raised $3,000 for local nonprofits in the past three years. Pittard and Creasy are connecting with girls in Alexandria and Richmond to keep the organization going.

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