Cindy Dian Correspondent |
Girl Scout Troop 9295 in Eustis is taking on a project that will provide foster kids in Florida with duffle bags full of necessities along with some handmade crafts made by the girls.
This challenge is a bronze project for the cadet and junior Girl Scouts, but the entire troop is b anding together to help.
“Our goal to begin with is to make 100 bags for the kids,” troop leader Peggy Sergi said. “The girls are in charge of raising the money to buy the supplies and collecting donations. We are also recycling our cookie boxes to make crafts for them.”
The idea to help the local foster kids came to Sergi when two girls who had been in foster care joined the troop. After talking with them and hearing how tough the situation can be, the girls decided they wanted to do whatever they could to help.
“We want to give them duffle bags to carry their items instead of trash bags,” Girl Scout junior Emma Deese said. “There’s a lot of kids that don’t have anything, so we want to help them have things of their own.”
Each bag will include a pillow, teddy bear, blanket, school supplies, coloring book and personal hygiene items such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and a brush or comb. The items can be directly donated to the troop, or they will be purchased with the money the girls raise.
The troop will hold a car wash and a yard sale to raise funds for the project. They are currently collecting items to sell and are planning on having the sale in a few weeks. Part of their fall fundraiser sales of chocolates, nuts and magazines will also be used for the project.
“We want to show the kids we care,” Girl Scout cadet Sammi Snodgress said. “I think they will appreciate the gifts.”
The girls are also making crafts out of the Girl Scout cookie boxes to include in the bags. One of their mottos is to “use resources wisely,” so they are creating coloring books and artistic easels for the children.
“This project is teaching them many things,” Sergi said. “They will receive a community service badge for their work and we can demonstrate how to recycle and reuse items that might just be thrown away otherwise.”
Once all the bags and items are collected, the troop will donate them to the Florida Department of Children and Families to be distributed to foster kids all over the state. For information, email@example.com.