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St. Francis of Assisi Girl Scouts take the lead to help others in need

St. Louis, MO – March 6, 2017 – Girl Scout Troop 1807 at St. Francis of Assisi School took the lead when organizing a school-wide Girl Scout community service project. Girl Scouts from the school came together to make blankets and Valentine’s Day cards for those in need.

An organization benefitting from the service day is The Blankets and Buddies Project, which gives a blanket and stuffed animal to children in situations where they could use extra comfort. The organization provides volunteers with all the supplies needed to make the blankets. Girl Scout Cadettes in grades 6-8 cut strips on each fleece blanket while younger Girl Scouts in grades K-5 tied the ends. These items are provided to local fire departments, police stations and schools to share with children who are in crisis situations.

The troop saw the impact of their project right away. Days after the girls donated the blankets and stuffed animals, they were given to a family who had been displaced by a housefire on January 30. All eight children received a package made by Girl Scouts at St. Francis of Assisi.

“It felt great to help other kids in need,” said Girl Scout Cadette Gabriella Ranes. “We are going to make this an annual event because of the impact we made.”

The group also made about 45 Valentine’s Day cards for veterans at the VA Hospital in St. Louis. The Girl Scouts recycled magazines, wall paper samples and calendars to create the cards. Gabriella visited the hospital the week of Valentine’s Day with her mom and troop leader, Natasha. They delivered the cards to volunteers who gave the cards to patients and decorated the hallways.

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. This premier leadership organization for girls is designed to help a girl discover who she is, what she can do and connects her with a powerful community to make it happen. With unique opportunities Girl Scouts explore, learn, succeed and take action to make a difference in their community.