Girl Scout Cadettes of Troop 1284 LaRue, Lillian, Lilah, Kailani, Anna, Maryah, Addison, Victoria, and Armani were recently awarded the Girl Scout Bronze Award by completing a service project they titled, “Williamsburg Food Drive.”
To get started, during troop meetings, the girls began discussing what needs their community had and how they could help those needs be met. The Girl Scouts agreed to host a food drive with plans to donate to a local organization in Williamsburg, House of Mercy, which helps people locally meet their food, shelter, and personal needs.
To get the word out about their project, they advertised via social media, posters, flyers, word of mouth, texting, and phone calls. The girls also handed out candy during the Williamsburg Holiday Parade with information about their service project and how to donate. The week of the drive, they discussed what kinds of things they might expect to receive in donations, and set up and labeled bins to sort the food on the day of the event. The girls also made posters and signage to be used at the two day drop-off donation event they held in December 2021.
Troop Leader of Troop 1284, Tonia Horton, said, “During the drop-off event, the girls handed out flyers, spun their hand-made posters, and talked to people about the food drive. They even cheered, did the wave, and sang songs.”
She continued, “We were really amazed to see how the community responded, and we got an excellent turnout, especially on day two. We had a lot of people come back because of the girls' enthusiasm on day one.”
During the food drive, the girls sorted everything into bins as it came in and in all collected over 600 pounds of food and $60 in monetary donations, which they donated directly to House of Mercy in Williamsburg.
Tonia said, “It was a wonderful event, and the girls all left feeling really good about making a difference. It was a true joy to see how much effort they put into making this a success, and how happy they were with the results.”
Congratulations, Girl Scouts!
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