Hurricane Sandy Relief
By Barbara Murphy-Warrington, CEO, Girl Scouts of Greater New York
Dear Girl Scout family,
As Girl Scouts, we make the unshakeable promise to help people at all times. We encourage compassion and teach girls that they can be leaders in making the world a better place. This is our Law and our Promise.
So many of you responded quickly to aid us in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and we have been proud to be part of such a tremendous sisterhood. Your efforts are a clear demonstration of your leadership ability and compassion.
Should your troop wish to send care packages to those affected by the storm, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information in this regard please click HERE for a message from our CEO.
If you follow our Facebook page, you can read about the volunteer work of Girl Scouts from across the city. However, you might not know about all the offers for help that have come in from Girl Scout troops across the country.
In Lanesville, Indiana, Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana Troop 239 created Operation: Be a Sister, a program where Girl Scouts across the United States work together to purchase new uniforms for their sister Girl Scouts who were victims of Hurricane Sandy. Registered girls who have lost their uniforms can go to www.facebook.com/OperationBeASister to submit a request form; a uniform will be assembled and mailed to them directly. Troops from North Carolina, Alabama, Massachusetts, Eastern Pennsylvania and many other places are collecting donations to ship to troops in need and are offering to help.
The outpouring of love and support has been amazing. If your Council, Service Unit or Troop would like to support the disaster relief efforts, here are a few suggestions;
- Support a local Troop – We are asking our volunteers to post specific needs that they or girls in their troop have on our Facebook page. Please connect with them to assist them directly.
- Be a sister to every Girl Scout – Encourage your volunteers and girls to post encouraging messages to others on our Facebook page. Being connected to each other in the days and weeks will help us as we all recover and rebuild.
- If you are in NYC, some sites that will assist you in identifying organizations that have lists of volunteer opportunities or specific non-cash items they need:
We have dozens of offers from Girl Scouts who, like you, are living up to the Girl Scout Promise. Please let us know of your efforts on behalf of those affected by Sandy. Again, we are touched and so proud to be part of such an amazing movement. Thank you for your generosity and support!
Yours in Girl Scouting,
Barbara Murphy-Warrington, CEO
Girl Scouts of Greater New York