This year marks the 20th anniversary of April Showers, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s largest, annual Council-wide community service project. Since the beginning of this initiative in 1998, eastern Missouri G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders)TM have collected more than 21 million personal care items with generous support from their families, neighbors and communities. Beginning, Friday, April 20 through Saturday, April 22, Girl Scouts and their families go door-to-door, distributing plastic bags, and return a week later to collect bags filled with personal care items.
Last year, Girl Scouts collected more than 1.3 million items including shampoo, toothpaste, soap, shaving cream, diapers and first-aid kits. Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri partners with Operation Food Search and more than 100 other nonprofits to distribute the collected items to individuals and families in need.
For eastern Missouri residents who don’t receive a bag but want to contribute to the project, Girl Scouts will collect personal care items at participating Walmart and Schnucks locations and other stores on Saturday, April 21. Below is a list of participating locations.
Girl Scouts, volunteers, families and local community members
Bag distribution: Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22
Showering the Community: Saturday, April 21
Bag collection: Saturday, April 28
April Showers bags are distributed in residential neighborhoods across the region (St. Louis City and 28 counties, from Putman County to Reynolds County).
Girl Scouts participating in Showering the Community will be outside area stores on Saturday, April 21 collecting personal care items. Showering the Community will be held at the following stores:
St. Peters, St. Charles, Bridgeton, Shrewsbury, Manchester, Florissant, Arnold, Festus, De Soto, High Ridge, Potosi, Desloge, Farmington, Union, Washington, Cuba, Sullivan, Eureka, Wentzville, O’Fallon, Lake St. Louis, Brookfield, Kirksville, Hannibal, Macon, Troy, Warrenton and Bowling Green.
St. Louis, Affton, St. Charles, O’Fallon, Cottleville, Harvester, Bridgeton, Maryland Heights, Ferguson, Jennings, Overland, Des Peres, Kirkwood, Webster Groves, Crestwood, Brentwood, Richmond Heights, Creve Coeur, Chesterfield, Arnold, Festus, Ballwin, High Ridge, Wildwood, Twin Oaks, St. Peters and Lake St. Louis.
Dierbergs (Fenton); Dollar General (Hillsboro, Bourbon, Washington); Dollar Tree (Washington); Family Dollar (Fenton); Sams Club (St. Louis); Walgreens (Washington)
For more information, visit girlscoutsem.org/aprilshowers.