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Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri fulfilled its commitment to the community and collected more than 1.1 million personal care items for individuals and families in need through its April Showers program. Once again, donations this year topped more than one million.The items' value is estimated to be more than $2.8 million.

The success of this Council-wide service project was only possible thanks to the dedication, time and effort of Girl Scouts, parents and volunteers in addition to the generous support of local community partners and community members who donated. 

“It is truly a testament to our area’s giving nature that we are able to surpass one million donated personal care items year after year,” said CEO Bonnie Barczykowski. “We are so thankful and appreciative for all of our community partners and their assistance during April Showers.”

2014 April Showers statistics

  • 2,068 troops participating
  • 17,252 girls participating
  • 12,063 adults participating
  • 1,120,529 items collected 

For many years, Operation Food Search has collaborated with Girl Scouts to ensure April Showers is successful.

Girl Scouts would like to thank Operation Food Search as well as the following community partners for their various forms of assistance: Emerson™, Dierbergs, Schnucks, Walmart, A-Mrazek Moving Systems, Inc., Armstrong Teasdale, Bank of America, Centene Charitable Foundation, Edward Jones®, FleishmanHillard®, LMI Aerospace, Inc., Maritz®, McCormack Baron Salazar, Morgan Stanley, Northern Trust and St. Anthony’s Charitable Foundation. 

Mark Your Calendar for 2015 April Showers Dates

April 17 – 19, distribution of bags and Showering the Community

April 25, collection of bags

In April 1998, April Showers was introduced as a Council-wide service project to collect personal care items such as toilet paper, soap or shampoo for families in need. Personal care items are in high demand at local food pantries, and prior to April Showers, they made up only one percent of food pantry donations.

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