Rachel Taylor knew little about My Sister's House until she and her mom delivered a donation of cosmetics.
My Sister's House is a home in Iredell County for battered women.
Taylor, 17, discovered that women who receive assistance there arrive with few or no possessions.
"I didn't know there was such a place for people," Taylor said in an interview last week, "and they don't have much with them."
Taylor decided to collect pots, pans, glassware, towels, dishes and utensils so the women have something to take with them when they're ready to leave the home and make it on their own.
Her goal is to collect enough items for 50 "new-home" boxes by Memorial Day. She's about halfway to her goal after putting the word out at her church, Lake Norman Fellowship, and a Girl Scouts council meeting at Williamson's Chapel United Methodist Church.
Taylor, a senior at Mooresville High School, hopes the project also will help her achieve her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award Girl Scouts ages 14 to 18 may earn.
The daughter of Larry and Susan Taylor, Rachel Taylor started the drive in January. She's storing the items in her oldest brother Christopher's garage. Her other sibling, Peter, is a sophomore at Appalachian State University.
Beth Packman of Mooresville said she was so touched by Taylor's effort that she, too, spread the word.
"I was so impressed and moved by her goal and what she is trying to accomplish, that I passed it on to all of my friends and family," Packman said.