St. Louis, MO – June 3, 2021 – Since 1998, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri girls, troops and families have worked together to collect personal care items for those in need in our communities. Last year, due to the global pandemic, girls rallied to do a virtual fall donation drive, Autumn Showers. In 2021, more than 7,000 girls participated this Spring while masked and social distancing to collect more than 1.1 million personal care items. These items were distributed to more than 150 agencies throughout eastern Missouri.
Girl Scouts across eastern Missouri collected personal care items by canvassing neighborhoods and sharing an online registry link with their families and friends to collect shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, soap, disposable diapers and other items. In partnership with Operation Food Search, these items were distributed to agencies across eastern Missouri. Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri also partnered with Schnucks and Dierbergs Markets to have drop-off points at their stores.
“I like to participate in April Showers because it makes my heart happy to help others in need,” Skylar Wilson, a Girl Scout Junior. “My Girl Scout friends and I love doing community service projects together. It brings us closer as a troop and it makes our community stronger.”
Girl Scouts is synonymous with giving back and for the past century, eastern Missouri Girl Scouts have been making a positive difference through girl-led initiatives, including April Showers. As many April Showers recipients live at or below the federal poverty level, hundreds of thousands of households count on these life-changing donations. Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is celebrating its 23rd year providing support through the April Showers community service project.