Designer, former Girl Scout and mom of two, Chryssa Rich has designed an “achievement badge” for Treasure Valley residents to show they’ve survived record snowfall and low temperatures this year.

The Snowpocalypse 2017 achievement badge is a 2-inch embroidered patch with iron-on backing, so it can be sewn or ironed onto jackets, backpacks, canvas totes and more. Reminiscent of scouting badges many of us earned as kids, the Snowpocalypse 2017 badge is a way to show you’ve weathered the storm.

“We were snowed in for two days, asked for rides the third day, and then finally borrowed an all-wheel-drive vehicle from a family member who was going out of town. Our street was a disaster,” Rich, a Boise resident, said in an email. “I was checking my house for leaks every night and shoveling constantly.”

One morning, it took five tries to back out of the driveway, she said.

“When we finally made it, my kids were cheering and I thought, I deserve a Girl Scout patch for this!” Rich said. “So I decided to design one, order a bunch and make them available to everyone in the community who has had to get creative and work extra hard to get through the recent weeks of bad weather.”

Patches, which are not affiliated with the Girl Scout organization, are $5 each with free shipping. Twenty percent of the proceeds will be donated to Interfaith Sanctuary, Rich said, to continue helping local residents during periods of extreme weather.

The patch includes six snowflake stars to represent snow days, as well as a design that represents fresh snow falling on old snow.

The patches have already been produced and quantities are limited. Anyone interested in placing an order should visit Idahosnow2017.blogspot.com or Snowpocalypse Badge on Facebook.

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