It all started with multi-level Daisy/Brownie Troop 17814 who were out to earn their WOW! Wonders of Water Journey award. They learned about Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria, and how water is important for our health and hygiene. These go-gettin' girls collected over $26 in pennies and continued their great work with the help of their Girl Scout sisters (Junior Troop 14807) and Minneapolis Lakes' World Thinking Day event.
Troop 14807 hosted an informational table at the World Thinking Day event about Puerto Rico. Girls shared information about the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and featured a visual representation of the dirty water in Puerto Rico and samples of MRE (or Meal, Ready to Eat-pre-packaged food rations) which were given to families who were affected.
Hurricane Maria destroyed much of Girl Scout of Caribe's camp properties (Girl Scout council in Puerto Rico) and 45% of Girl Scout families reported that they lost everything. The unstable roads, lack of electricity and refrigeration, and urgency to get basic needs met meant that Girl Scouts of Caribe was not going to have a cookie season. Cookie profits represent 79% of their operating income and the loss will have long-term consequences, in addition to repair and recovery efforts. Girl Scouts are out to change that!
Girl Scout Junior Vivien presented the generous donations given by almost 150 Minneapolis Girl Scouts to Bernice Prigge, a native of Puerto Rico and active troop leader to two Minneapolis troops. Bernice was born in Puerto Rico and came to Minnesota as a teen and was active in Girl Scouts both as a teenager and adult. Over 2,600 pennies were donated, along with other coins, cash, and checks (even foreign Euros and subway tokens!) totaling to $212! This money was given directly to Girl Scouts of Caribe in efforts to help them get back on their feet to continue to deliver girls the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
Keep the momentum going and be part of this giving spirit! Consider making a financial donation to support our Girl Scout sisters around our nation. Visit Girl Scouts of the USA's donation website to learn more and donate.