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Local Girl Scouts make a difference this season

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Girl Scouts from the Lewisville/Highland Village area have been hard at work in the community this holiday season. In mid-November, several troops joined in the Keep Lewisville Beautiful (KLB) Trash Bash helping to collect trash from parks and waterways throughout the city.

According to Amy Wells, Executive Director for KLB, the Girl Scouts were part of nearly 400 volunteers who braved the cold temperatures to make a difference on November 15. Wells reports, “Altogether, we had 398 volunteers who showed up to help make a difference in our community, who gave 1,393 volunteer hours towards community improvement and litter abatement. Together, we removed 6.6 TONS of trash from our local waterways. These are record breaking numbers for our fall Trinity Trash Bash…”

The Girl Scouts then came out for the Thanksgiving holiday to lend a hand at the First United Methodist Church of Lewisville’s annual community Thanksgiving dinner. The girls from Service Unit (SU) 406 donated 96 cans of chicken broth, 14 cans of cranberry sauce, a 101 oz. can of green beans and 4 cans of lemonade to support the making of 1000 meals for families in need. The Girl Scouts also made 300 placemats for the dinner tables, and four troops prepared the materials to make 200 turkey hats for the children attending. Several Girl Scouts came out on Thanksgiving Day to help set up and serve dinner as well. (photo #1 attached)

This December, the Girl Scouts from SU 406 collected 70 jars of creamy peanut butter, 72 jars of sugar-free or low sugar jelly and made greeting cards to contribute to the Christmas basket program with Hearts for Homes. Hearts for Homes provides no-cost home repairs to low-income senior homeowners in Denton County. At Christmastime, this agency pulls together a spiral ham, food staples and basic household supplies for each of its clients and delivers these baskets to their homes just in time for the holidays. Girl Scout Troops 8953 and 79 from Highland Village delivered the donations collected by their SU and assisted in assembling these baskets on Dec. 13. Some of the girls even got to deliver baskets to these needy seniors who simply appreciated being remembered and cared for during the holiday season. (photo #2 attached)

Girl Scout Troop 3195 visited with the seniors at Brookdale Assisted Living Center in Lewisville on Dec. 7. The troop sang several Christmas songs and then played BINGO with the residents. Christmas wreaths the girls had made were given to the seniors as gifts. It was a fun afternoon spreading Christmas cheer. (photo #3 attached)

Girl Scout Paige Hunden says, “It was fun making Christmas wreaths and seeing how surprised and happy the residents were when they ‘BINGO’d and received a wreath as a prize.”

Lastly, Girl Scout Troop 3530 chose to adopt a grandparent for the holidays. They used some of their cookie money to give back to local seniors at the Rambling Oaks facility in Highland Village. The girls sang and gave each senior hand lotion and fuzzy socks. (photo #4 attached)

Girl Scouts volunteer and serve their community all year long. You can support your local Girl Scouts by purchasing cookies or donating a box to the U.S. military beginning Jan. 16. Volunteerism and service to community are just part of what those cookie profits do to impact this community and support the growing leadership of our young women. Thank you for supporting Girl Scouts.

For more information on the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, visit their website at www.gsnetx.org. For more details on the mission and work of Hearts for Homes, visit their website at www.heartsforhomes.org, and for more about Keep Lewisville Beautiful, go to www.keeplewisvillebeautiful.org.

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