Girl Scouts Giving Back

Community service has always been one of the cornerstones of Girl Scouting. No matter at what age a girl joins, she can share in meaningful projects that promote civic responsibility and see how her efforts can impact her community. Whether it’s a Girl Scout Daisy troop planting flowers in their neighborhood park or a Girl Scout Senior finishing up an international Gold Award project, Girl Scouts are always giving back. Community service is everywhere at Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas but some stories are just extraordinary.
This fall, Girl Scout Troop 1801, a special needs Girl Scout Senior Troop from the Notre Dame School in Dallas led the Annual Food Drive for their school. Their goal was to help others less fortunate than them, a cause that became important to them through their experience in Girl Scouting.
Troop 1801 tirelessly reminded their classmates about the food drive, even mentioning the food drive in the school’s announcements twice a day. They sent many emails to their friends, family, and school community asking for support in their goal of donating 1,000 canned goods to the North Texas Food Bank. At the end of the food drive, and right before Thanksgiving, Girl Scout Troop 1801 was able to donate over 1,500 canned food items to the North Texas Food Bank, feeding more than 200 needy members of the community.
Another great example of Girl Scouts giving back is Meredith H’s story. Meredith seems like your average 8 year old Girl Scout. She’s eager for her Girl Scout troop meetings and loves selling cookies! When it came time to plan her 8th birthday party, though, Meredith didn’t want an average party. Instead of asking for a sleepover party or a movie day with friends, Meredith told her mom that she wanted to give back for her birthday. She had heard her Girl Scout troop leader mention the Share the Warmth service project that Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas was doing with Sleep Experts, a Dallas-area mattress retailer. Meredith decided to have her party at her local Sleep Experts store and instead of asking for gifts, she asked her friends and family to donate blankets, pillows, and other items to comfort families in need.
More than 1,400 of our Girl Scouts, including Meredith, participated in the Share the Warmth service project, collecting blankets for Sleep Experts’ drive and gloves, scarves, and hats for their Girl Scout sisters in community programs. What an impact our Girl Scouts are making in the community! They really are living out the Girl Scout mission of making the world a better place.
The stories of Girl Scout Troop 1801 and Meredith H. are just a few among the many generous things our 35,000 Girl Scouts are doing on a daily basis. Our Girl Scouts are considerate and caring. They’re courageous and strong. They’re our future leaders. And they can’t do it without your generous investment. Please help grow our future leaders. To donate now, please visit www.gsnetx.org/mygift.
 

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