WARSAW — A local Junior Girl Scout troop donated 75 blessing bags to Fellowship Missions, a homeless shelter in Warsaw, Wednesday, May 29.
Troop 00464, led by Carole Delp and Laura Strange, consists of five girls, ages 10 and 11. The girls, Lily Dunham, Katelyn Brandyberry, Hailey Strange, Norah Hawthorne and Ayva Adams, made the commitment to complete a project in order to earn a bronze award, the highest award a junior Girl Scout can earn.
Girls earn the bronze award by completing a journey and then creating a project based on their observations of a local issue. As the girls pursue their project, they put the Girl Scout Promise and Law into action.
According to Delp and Strange, the troop’s goal was 100 bags, with 75 bags being donated to Fellowship Missions and 25 bags to be hand delivered to women on the street.
The girls purchased nylon backpacks and filled each one with a hand towel, washcloth, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, feminine products, deodorant, chapstick, hair ties and Kleenex. A note of encouragement was included with each bag.
To fund the project, the girls sold over 2,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies and used a portion of their troop profit. Each girl worked to earn $20 to contribute toward the project so that every girl would be personally invested. Each girl also asked at least two people for a donation to assist with the project.
All five girls, along with their troop leaders, delivered the blessing bags to Fellowship Missions Director Eric Lane. Their ultimate goal, said Delp, was to bless a female who might need it.