DeSoto Girl Scouts Give The Gift Of Hope

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Girl Scout groups in grades kindergarten to eleventh grade packed 115 boxes to donate to Hope Supply Company recently.

Local Girl Scouts Work With Hope Supply Company

DESOTO — If you’re a Girl Scout or know anything about them, then you know lending a helping hand is important.

Girl Scouts from troops in the Best Southwest area have been doing their part by working with Hope Supply Company and the Birthday Box Program.

Fifty-three girls from five different Girl Scout groups in grades kindergarten to eleventh grade packed 115 boxes to donate to Hope Supply Company.

“Our girls learned about Hope Supply Co. and their Birthday Box program while doing another community service project in the fall,” said Brownie/Junior Coordinator Troop 9416/SU213 leader, Tanya Clay. “Girl Scouts USA celebrates its birthday in March of each year and scouts can earn a special GS Birthday patch by doing a community service project related to birthday celebrations.”

Clay says the girls from these troops have made several “Birthday Parties in a Box” kits over the years so they wanted to do something different this year.

The girls created gift boxes for three target groups: girls ages four to 10 years old, boys ages four to 10 years old and girls 11 to 17 years old.

Each of the boxes contained a birthday card signed by the girls and six items such as modeling clay, coloring books, crayons, puzzles, balls, bubbles, cars, dolls, playing cards, actions figures, sidewalk chalk, socks, nail polish, lip gloss, manicure sets, journals and jewelry.

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Girl Scout’s families who donated the goodies for the gift boxes.

Overwhelming Selflessness

It was the Girl Scout’s families who donated the goodies. Clay said some of the girls even used their allowance to buy items. One of the troops even had a toy drive at their school.

“I was completely overwhelmed with the outcome of this service project,” Clay says. “We were hoping they could produce at least 50 birthday present boxes. But on the day of assembly the donated toys just kept coming in requiring several unexpected store runs for additional boxes. However, it was definitely a good problem to have.”

The Girl Scout motto is “building girls of courage, confidence and character” and Girl Scouts in the Best Southwest area do four large scale community service projects per year. There are two projects in the fall and two in the spring. Other projects include a recent Sunday dinner preparation for the residents at the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.

“They planned, shopped and prepared the dinner with minimal adult involvement,” Clay said.

Hope Supply Company is an organization serving as a clearinghouse of donated resources to meet the critical needs of homeless and at-risk children across North Texas. The Birthday Box Program been going on for nine years.

Finally, Hannah Stephens of Troop 2244 concludes, “Being a part of the project felt good to work with others on a unified goal, to positively impact someone else’s life and show them somebody cares.”

New Girl Scout troops form regularly and are open to kindergarten to 12th grade girls. Interested volunteers and parents can visit to learn more.