The Next Awesome Burgher

This is Hannah Minge.

She is 11-years-old and she did a wonderful thing for Make Room for Kids. Here’s a note from her mother:

As a Junior Girl Scout, the highest honor a girl can earn is the bronze award. In order to get it, the girl has to earn certain badges and do a community service project. She must conceive, plan, recruit volunteers and execute it herself with minimal help from adults. When Hannah sat down to brainstorm what she wanted to do, she knew she wanted to help sick children, and Make Room just fit what she wanted to do.

Hannie threw a spaghetti dinner, and she spent hours and hours soliciting supplies, the space and funds to cover costs from the local business community. The day of the dinner, she was literally the first person in and the last out — she spent 10 hours on her feet, making food, serving, busing tables, cleaning.

We are super proud of her. She does a lot of volunteer work with local humane shelters and elder care facilities — on Make a Difference Day, she’ll be at a local elder care home, playing board games with the residents — and she volunteers two days a week at an afterschool meal program for elementary school-age kids. She’s learning how to crochet, so she can work with Project Linus.

She’s already decided what she wants to do for her silver award project, after she bridges to Cadette Girl Scout Oct. 18 — she wants to work with middle grade and young adult authors to provide books with personalized autographs to at-risk teens and middle schoolers. The idea is to encourage them to read while giving them a concrete reminder that someone cares about what happens to them. God only knows what she’ll have us doing next.

She’ll be 12 on Friday.


What even, you guys?!

Here’s Hannah working hard at the spaghetti dinner.

Here she is with the games and movies that arrived at the Mario Lemieux Foundation yesterday:

I looked through them today. Lots of awesome titles!

And here is the little note she enclosed.


Hannah Minge is the next Awesome Burgher and her crown is in the mail and by crown I mean the hugs of every sick kid that will ever play these games or watch these movies.

Happy Birthday, Hannah!



  1. LovinPittsburgh
    October 6, 2011 12:00 pm

    She is the QUEEN of awesome Burghers!

    Hannah, the world is a better place because YOU are in it!!

  2. Niki
    October 6, 2011 12:11 pm

    As a former Girl Scout, I have to say that I am proud of this young lady!

  3. Katie
    October 6, 2011 12:27 pm

    And this is one of the many reasons that the Girl Scouts rock! Though I’m sure a person as giving as Hannah would do good works even without receiving awards for it.

  4. Rachel
    October 6, 2011 12:35 pm

    What a great kid!! Thanks for spreading the good word! It’s refreshing to hear awesome stories like this, instead of the usual bad kid stories

  5. Jaime
    October 6, 2011 2:01 pm

    Its so refreshing to hear good news! Way to go Hannah!

  6. bucdaddy
    October 6, 2011 2:27 pm


  7. Will C
    October 6, 2011 6:04 pm

    That is pretty awesome.

    Though it is funny that you followed a post titled “Don’t let your daughters grow up to be slutty turtles” with one about an 11 year old Girl Scout.

  8. BeckyS
    October 6, 2011 6:23 pm

    Hannah, you have made Pittsburgh proud. I hope you are rewarded any times over for your caring spirit.

  9. Scottro
    October 6, 2011 11:11 pm

    She is beyond awesome! Way to go, Hannah, and Happy Birthday!

  10. oddmanout
    October 7, 2011 1:33 am

    Well done! You are one of the many reasons Pittsburgh is the best place to live!

  11. Dan (Not Onorato)
    October 7, 2011 7:55 am

    Well done Hannah! Happy Birthday!

  12. Sue
    October 7, 2011 9:48 am

    Nice job, Hannah! Also, nice job shout out to her parents! What a great story and a great kid.