St. Louis, MO – March 29, 2017 – Girl Scouts, families and community members will come together to help those in need through April Showers.
April Showers is Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s largest service event. Girl Scouts go door-to-door, distributing recyclable plastic bags, and return a week later to collect the bags, filled by residents with personal care items like toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, first aid supplies and diapers. Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri began the program in 1998, and since then, has collected more than 18 million items as part of the initiative. The organization works in collaboration with Operation Food Search and other nonprofits to distribute the items, which account for a large percentage of personal care items donated in the region.
This year, bag drop off will take place March 31 and April 1-2. Bag pickup will be the following Saturday, April 8. Girl Scouts will also be outside of area Walmart stores on April 1, collecting items from customers.
“Operation Food Search is grateful to the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri for taking on the challenge to provide personal care items to our neighbors in need,” said Sunny Schaefer, executive director of Operation Food Search. “These items are always in high demand and short supply. They’re expensive and SNAP [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program] benefits cannot be used to purchase personal care items. These items are critical to promote good health, a sense of w...