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Girl Scouts donate birthday treats to Way Station Food Pantry
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Richmond Hill Girl Scout Troop 30242 prepares recently to package some items needed for a birthday party into gift bags for the Way Station Food Pantry. Shown are Aniston Alderman, left, Paige Carney, Molly Sands, Norah Krautter, Addie May Flake, Lacey Shasky, Kinsley Alderman, Lillie Abel, Ava Fortner, Kynleigh Crosley, Blakley Escue, Amelia Brock, Ava Brock and Sydney Abel.

Richmond Hill Girl Scout Troop 30242 recently spearheaded a local service project to benefit those in need in the community by donating 32 birthday “parties in a bag” for Way Stations Food Pantry.

The troop of 5- to 8-year-old Daisy and Brownie Scouts determined that while the food pantry helps to meet the needs of dozens of families in South Bryan, there is a “want” with which the troop could help – a birthday party. The idea was rooted in the recent celebration of the birthday of Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low.

“This is important because everyone should have a cake on their birthday,” said Daisy Girl Scout Sydney Abel, 5.

Each girl collected, raised money to buy or donated items that would be needed for a birthday party. Items such as cake mix, sprinkles, icing, balloons and more were packaged by the troop in birthday gift bags and then donated to the Way Station Food Pantry to be dispersed to families as needed.

The directors of the food pantry, Janelle MacKay and Dana Cuson, gave the girls a tour of the facility as well as an overview of the need of the community and ways the girls can become involved.

This service project helped to fulfill a portion of their Rosie (Make the World a Better Place) Daisy Petal and the Philanthropist Brownie badge.

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