HELENA, AL (WBRC) - 18-year-old Sophie Reynolds of Helena has received the top award from the Girl Scouts for service .
Reynolds won the Girl Scout Gold Award for her project "Sensory for Seniors".
She and other volunteers put together sensory mats for seniors with dementia. The mats, which may have buttons or zippers on them, aid in memory retention.
Reynolds received the award back in September and an awards ceremony will be held in February.
The University of Montevallo freshman said she started the project in April of this year.
"I knew I wanted to do something to help with dementia and Alzheimer's," Reynolds said.
Reynolds family has been affected by dementia and Alzheimer's so the project of creating 65 sensory mats was very personal and special for her.
"I was very excited. I always wanted to win the award," said Reynolds.
Reynolds has been a Girl Scout since she was five-years-old. She plans to continue making the mats every year with volunteers from her church and other groups.
The freshman is majoring in psychology and she is looking for a career in occupational therapy, possibly dealing with pediatrics.