Being a Girl Scout is about a whole lot more than cookies, camps, and crafts. It’s about being a good citizen and going that extra mile to make the world around you a better place.
Troop 16122, a group of third-grade Brownies from Albertville, MN, have been on a mission to make a difference in their community. Last spring, they began working on their philanthropy badge and deciding on a community service project was an easy choice for them.
“The girls love helping people; they talk about it all the time! They know that hunger is an issue in our community and they were the ones who decided to hold a food drive and participate in Feeding the Need” said Jen Peltz, Troop 16122 leader.
Beginning in April, the girls worked together to make fundraiser signs. Then they gathered donations from family members, at church, and even by going door-to-door.
“I set a goal for each girl to gather 1.2 pounds of food, which is about 2 cans of soup. The girls, of course, exceeded that number!” exclaimed a proud Peltz.
Troop 16122 was able to donate 241.6 pounds of food in just under a month of fundraising efforts to the Hanover Food Shelf.
“It wasn’t so much about getting the philanthropy badge for the girls, but more about knowing they are helping those in needs. They definitely plan on participating in Feeding the Need this year and exceeding last years number of donated pounds.”
Girl Scouts throughout River Valleys are doing their best to make the world a better place, and participating in Feeding the Need is one great place to start making an impact, just ask Troop 16122.