Local Girl Scout raises $20k for Romanian church

Kati DeHaven held fundraisers for almost 2 years

A Canyon Lake senior is making a huge difference in the lives of others halfway across the world.

For almost two years, Kati DeHaven held fundraisers in hopes of raising $20,000 to buy a much-needed van for a church in Romania.

"I fell in love with the story, I fell in love with the idea," said DeHaven. "I was fascinated with the idea of going outside the country I had never really been before."

DeHaven said she was inspired to help the church after visiting at the age of 15, and was looking for a project to complete as part of her Girl Scouts Gold Award project.

The award, given to DeHaven in November, is the equivalent of the Boy Scouts' Eagle Scout Award.

"It was absolutely amazing," DeHaven said. "But I couldn't fully see it happening. Suddenly the whole project became real. It had been an endeavor until it was done. It was amazing."

DeHaven said she keeps in contact with the Romanian church members, who are now using the vehicle to shuttle members to and from church service, and for hospital visits.

After graduating from Canyon Lake High School, Kati plans to attend college in Georgetown this fall, and study elementary education and psychology.


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