Girl Scouts Give Back with 690,000 Hours of Service This Year!
It’s a season of giving, and Girl Scouts are the BEST at giving back to their community! In fact, Girl Scouts of the USA estimates that every Girl Scout does 30 hours of service per year. With 23,000+ Girl Scouts in our 47 county region, that adds up to an amazing amount of volunteer work for your favorite charities – 690,000 hours of service to be exact!
Take a look at how some of the troops and service units in our council have given back this holiday season!
Girl Scout Junior Troop 78 from Liberty, Missouri had their favorite troop meeting of the year where they turned into Christmas elves by adopting a family with two little girls in their community. As a troop they give some of their troop proceeds and also ask their families to support this feel good project too. And, that’s not all – these Girl Scouts add some skill-building in there as well. They determine needs versus wants, came up with a good mix of each, made a budge and decided as a team what to get to stay in their budget. They then bought their presents at TJ Maxx in Liberty (their 3rd year assisting Troop 78) and wrapped presents for delivery!
Girl Scout Senior Troop 1169 from Lee’s Summit, Missouri collected baby books and donated them to the moms and babies at Mother’s Refuge. After an inspiring tour of this awesome organization, the girls are now brainstorming other ways they can make a difference.
Girl Scout Brownie Troop 5681 from Junction City, Kansas knows that giving back feels oh so good and they were all smiles!! These awesome Girl Scouts saved some of their 2016 Cookie Program proceeds just to buy special toys to be donated to the Salvation Army to ensure other kids have gifts under the tree this Christmas!
Girl Scout Daisy Troop 5116 from Mission, Kansas had a great meeting where they heard how Della Lamb supports others & presented gifts to their guest speaker for the organization’s Operation Santa Program. Each Girl Scout in the troop made two Blessings Bags; one to give to the VA Hospital and the other bag to keep and give to someone they want to bring blessings and good will to.
Girl Scouts at Heartland Elementary in Overland Park, Kansas joined their Boy Scout brothers to package 4,000 meals for the Something to Eat program. These Girl Scouts are always serving others, but we love that they did this special project on Giving Tuesday.
We were thrilled to be a part of KMBC Channel 9 and the Salvation Army’s Adopt-a-Family Day again this year! We had 10 troops from our council adopt 10 families, spreading holiday cheer for over 40 individuals this holiday season! Those troops delivered their gifts and enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of KMBC’s studio in November.
Ten Girl Scout troops at Mission Trail Elementary School in Leawood, Kansas hosted a Give-A-Palooza and invited their family members to participate too. Together, they collected and sorted clothing and pull-ups for SAFEHOME, made cards for patients at Menorah Medical Center, and collected travel-sized toiletries for the Ronald McDonald House!
Girl Scout Junior Troop 7112 from Lawrence, Kansas gave back and used their creativity by making some fleece blankets for Douglas County CASA. These blankets will be put to great use!
Turkey and all the trimmings! These Girl Scouts are showing their appreciation for all they have by supporting others in their community. More than 250 Girl Scouts of all ages in Service Unit 648 from Lee’s Summit, Missouri participated in the “Thanks for Giving Fun Drive”. Girl Scouts brought food donations to fill 36 bags with a complete Thanksgiving dinner including the turkey! The girls made scarecrows and cards for each Thanksgiving bag that will be distributed this Saturday to Coldwater Lee’s Summit families. Thanks for giving, Girl Scouts! You are making such a difference and ensuring a fantastic Thanksgiving for others!!
A STEM lesson + teamwork = Caring & Kindness! What a fantastically, creative kindness project Girl Scout Troop 177 from Overland Park, Kansas just completed. These Girl Scouts learned all about soldering & computer coding to illuminate LED lights and make them display different colors. Then, they went to Topeka to donate a really cool, hand crafted, animated LED-lit rainbow Christmas tree to Planting Peace’s Equality “Rainbow” house. The girls learned a lot and had tons of fun together. Wow, what big hearts these Girl Scouts have! They chose the project and are committed to spreading kindness all year long! You can learn more about how Troop 177 created the tree here!
Troop 879 is Standing with Sister Girl Scouts! Introducing our first Daisy’s Circle troop… Being a sister to every Girl Scout is so important, it’s in our law. Not only does it stress the importance of kindness, but also supporting sister Girl Scouts. Troop 879 from Grain Valley, Missouri is taking the law to heart and became the first Daisy’s Circle troop! In a girl-led decision on budgeting, the girls decided to use half of their cookie money to help other Girl Scouts succeed. You might think a troop with this much heart must be in high school – but they’re actually 2nd grade Brownies. Troop 879 is setting the bar for giving as a troop.
How have your Girl Scouts made a difference this holiday season? Let us know in the comments below!