Community Service is a primary motivator for Daisy troop 1635, who meet in Minneola. These second-year Daisies have created bags to support homeless individuals, collected items for Hurricane Harvey relief, assembled first aid kits for the homeless during Fire Safety Week, and made birthday bags for a local food bank.
In a recent brainstorm with their Daisy team, the girls decided on a canned food drive for their fall project. Troop Co-leader, Ruth Woody, encouraged the girls to take their idea one step further after seeing a Facebook post from Bennett Law Firm, encouraging groups to assemble and donate Thanksgiving dinner baskets to support Helping Hands Ministry in distributing meals to those less fortunate.
Co-leader, Ruth Woody, shares the impact of this project: “The girls agreed that everyone deserves to have a Thanksgiving dinner. I want these girls to learn at a young age that sharing is caring, and that Girl Scouts give back to their community every chance we have.” Woody also recognizes the support of Co-leader, Holly Jones, and the troop’s wonderful moms who gladly help with every community service project taken on by the Daisies: Alora, Allyson, Bailey, Brenna, Fae, Kathryn, Lily, Loryana, Margaret, Sonya, and Victoria.
And these Daisies aren’t slowing down any time soon. They’ve already decided on two upcoming projects. For winter, they’ll contribute to Toys for Tots, and over the summer, they’ll participate in a local Autism Awareness event in support of their sister Girl Scout, Bailey.
Woody’s advice to other Girl Scout troops: “There are many people in need out there. It just takes a small amount of time and research to find what you can do to help.”
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