Girls Taking Action
We're highlighting here the extraordinary Take Action projects by our very own girls!
Is your troop doing something extraordinary for the community? Learn how to write press releases to gain the attention of media outlets! View the How to Make a PSA video. Or, download written instructions Getting Media Coverage for your Troop.
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Learn more about the 100 days of Service.
Sweet treats for deployed troops
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Richard Gomez, 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron, stands with the Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains in Lubbock, Texas, behind their donation of 2,700 packages of cookies, April 28, 2012. This is the second year the organization has directly contributed to Cannon Air Commandos deployed worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal)
Brownie Troop Gives Their Cookie Funds Back to Their Community
Perfect example of the power of the GS Cookie Sale and Program and where that money goes:
IT GOES BACK INTO THE COMMUNITIES to make the world a better place! ♥
It is estimated that as many as 150,000 pets die in housefires each year, and many because first responders do not have the equipment to resuscitate them. Thanks to Brownie Troop 5223, pets in Panhandle will have a better chance of survival. At their meeting on Tuesday, January 31, 2012, the troop presented local first responder Lorrie Baze with three animal oxygen masks. The masks were purchased using the money the girls earned from selling nut products and cookies.
The second and third-graders learned about the need after listening to a story about a dog named Zoe that was rescued with the special mask. They have been encouraged to listen to stories for clues on how to make the world a better place. They also completed requirements on two badges--Philanthropist and My Best Self. Their leader, veterinarian Carol Hillhouse, stated that the special masks allow a high concentration of oxygen to be delivered to pets in respiatory distress, such as with smoke inhalation, using the equipment that first responders already have for humans. The Brownies also got a tour of the ambulance.
Members of the troop are: Kloe, Faith, Halle, Kandin, Mason, Makenna, Mikaela, Kendall, and Bailey.
Troop 7018, from Abilene, TX, partnered with the Texas Veterans Chapter 1 and helped raise $1750 which in turn was used to buy food for the Hawley Food Bank. The girls spent a couple hours on a windy Saturday morning raising money, the older girls in the troop then spent a night shopping for the food with the Veterans. The younger girls in the troop made homemade pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cake, and homemade thanksgiving cards. They weren't finished yet - the girls then helped the Veterans unload all the food to the Hawley Food Bank! It looks like this will be an annual tradition for this troop!
Lubbock Girl Scout Troops are making blankets, scarves, and hats for the elderly in preparation for the upcoming winter. "Some of those people are really cold and they might not be able to survive, and we can give blankets to keep them warm and make them smile," said Troop 6869 member Rachel Giovannetti. Rachel and her troop were featured on KCBD News on October 25th. Watch the video below!
Haley of Troop 5754 in Amarillo Texas set her Bronze award project pretty high for a Junior GS. She worked hard to get over 15 air condition units donated to GS Camp Kiwanis. Her Camp Kiwanis Cool Down Project was a huge success and will help keep the girls cool in the cabins during the summer! Way to go Haley!!!!
Daisy Girl Scouts in Bushland, Tx planted and decorated a tree in front of the Bushland Baptist church. (Amarillo Region)
Daisy troop 6486 decorated
Thanksgiving bags for Meals on Wheels.
Girl Scout Troop #6073 helped fill 1,700 bags with apples, oranges, nuts and candies to be distributed by Pancho Clos, Santa Claus' cousin from the South Pole. Pancho Clos visits West Texas bringing goodie bags and toys to boys and girls.
Cadette Troop 1446 from Grapevine, TX has chosen to do service projects for our military men/women. The girls collected just over 1000 items for CARE packages from the generous customers at the Grapevine Wal-Mart and with the cash donations they were able to purchase an additional 500 items. All of the items donated were given to H.O.T (Honor Our Troops) in Odessa, Texas. H.O.T will be sending the donations to our Military Men and Women. Way to go Girls and all those generous people who gave to help make those serving our country a little more comfortable!
Troop 5267 held a Food Drive for the Faith City Mission and the Basic Needs Drive in Amarillo,TX. They put out 1300 flyers between Foxridge, Pheasant Run & Hillside neighborhoods on October 20th. They then went back to these houses and collected on October 22nd. There was a very positive response from the homes (hundreds of cans and non-perishable food items - two pickup loads!) and they plan to do another drive in the spring. They delivered the items (basic hygiene items) to the group running the Basic Needs Drive on Monday, October 24th and all the food donations were delivered by the girls to the Faith City Mission on Friday, October 28th.
This Junior Troop arrived early each morning at 7:30am at Walnut Grove Elementary ...to collect left-over Halloween candy for our US Soldiers overseas. They have been doing this service project for 5 years and it has really taken off. Parents are happy to purge their house of unwanted candy. Last year the girls collected over 500lbs of candy!!! Can we top that this year?
Troop 3302 from Keller, TX donated clothing and toiletry items to Church on the Slab in Fort Worth for their October service project.
Service Unit 227 Southern Pioneers troop 3701 worked with volunteers couponing this summer to accumulate this toiletry collection. They assembled 35 kits which contained , body wash, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, lotion, razors, floss picks, toothpaste and a variety of snack items for both men and women. They were delivered the first week of December to homebound Meals on Wheels clients in Johnson County.
Deb Verwolf - volunteer
Leader = Kim Sutton, Jaime Read
In Texas, the Midland Reporter-Telegram reports that in August, Hannah Hernandez became ill, and for a week doctors couldn't figure out what was wrong. She became more ill and had to be transported to a children's hospital in Lubbock. That's when doctors realized that her appendix had burst and the infection was quickly spreading. Hernandez had one leg amputated, underwent multiple surgeries, and has gone into cardiac arrest seven times.
On November 19, Junior Troop 501 organized a bake sale where the girls sold cookies, brownies, and other baked goods. With homemade signs reading "Please Save Hannah," many people just simply donated money and didn't want baked goods in return. One person donated a $100 bill, which lifted the troop’s spirit.Read more of this story...