Featured Wind Phone ~ Asheville, NC
This week's Featured Phone is located in Ashville, North Carolina. I love that this was created by a Girl Scout troop (#10218) and their leader, Michelle Yates. Thank you, Ladies, for sharing the story of your phone with us.
I shine a light on the story of the lovingly created Wind Phone placed worldwide. Sharing our stories makes a difference because it's in doing so that we connect and heal. To not cloud the Wind Phone creator's message, the format for Featured Phones is to share their answers to the interview questions verbatim.
Where is your Wind Phone located?
Riverside Cemetery 53 Birch St. Asheville, NC 28801
Why did you choose this location?
We chose this location because it is deemed a historic cemetery protected under historic laws. Part of our Girl Scouts Silver Award project was to find a location that would achieve sustainability. It is quiet, has over 4,000 visitors aside from funerals a year, and many famous people are buried here. Also, Chloe's dad works for the Dept of Parks & Recreation to help us get approval.
What year and month did you place your Wind Phone at this location?
We completed our project installation in September 2023.
Is your Wind Phone dedicated or in memory of someone special?
Not any particular person; however, Chloe did suggest the project when the group was voting on what to do after losing her Grandpa Tyler. The other three girls, April, Lauren, and Isabel, were reminded of loved ones they also had lost.
Is there anything you’d like to share that I didn’t think of asking?
The girls hope that this Wind Phone will give community members and visitors an outlet for grief as well as a place to pick up hotline numbers for other resources they may need for suicide prevention, sexual assault assistance, and more. This Wind Phone was created as their service project to earn the Silver Award from GSUSA. The Silver Award is the most prestigious award a middle-school Girl Scout can earn and requires each girl to put in a minimum of 50 hours of research and development toward their project that will be deemed sustainable for a long period of time and will help solve a community issue.
I'd love to feature your phone! You can find all the information here to submit your Wind Phone.