Oxford police helping local Girl Scout raise money to build barn owl houses

Posted at 10:26 AM, Jan 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-08 18:01:57-05

(WXYZ) — A local Girl Scout is trying to earn one of the most prestigious awards in the organization.

She’s doing it with the help of Oxford Police.

The Gold Award is the highest award in the Girl Scouts given to the dreamers or doers who want to make the world a better place.

Deanna Moreau said, “I have a strong passion for animals, so I decided to do my project around that.”

When you take a walk on the Polly Ann Trail in northern Oakland County, it's easy to take in the beautiful scenery.

What’s not always easy? Preserving nature and wildlife.

That’s where the Girl Scout comes in.

To earn the Gold Award from the Girls Scouts, the 17-year-old is raising $700 to create two houses for Barn Owls.

“I was planning on doing the houses so there they can go live there, they can spread more.”

Linda Moran is the Polly Ann Trail Manager.

She said the owls are endangered and losing their habit.

The two decided to hold a bottle and can drive to raise the funds.

But they needed a place to collect them.

Oxford Police Chief Mike Solwold hear about this and said, “I’m in. What do we need to do?”

He posted about the fundraiser on Facebook.

“It’s a wonderful thing when you have a young person that is going above and beyond and do a great thing for the community and for wildlife.”

Last year, the police department held a bottle and can drive to support the trail.

They raised a whopping $26,000.

Linda believes Deanna will likely surpass her goal.

“Deanna is going to be overwhelmed by the generosity of our community.”

You can drop off your bottles on the East side of the Oxford police garage located at 22 W. Burdick Street.

They will be accepting checks written out to “Deanna Moreau.”

To help her reach her goal, the police department is holding a bottle drive for the next two weeks. People who want to help can drop off bottles on

the east side of the police parking garage at 22 W. Burdick Street.