Message to Troops Wishing to Donate to Other Troops
Barbara Murphy-Warrington, CEO, Girl Scouts of Greater New York
Dear Girl Scout Family and Friends,
In the last two weeks, we have received an enormous outpouring of support from Girl Scout Troops and individuals throughout the country. In addition to donating supplies to relief efforts, many troops would like to send personal gifts of blankets, toys, letters, and other items to sister Girl Scouts affected by Sandy. We appreciate these offers and plan to accommodate them all over time, hopefully before the end of the calendar year. As we continue our efforts to provide support for our volunteers and girls locally, we wanted to let you know that we have your request to send non-cash gift items to a troop in our area on record and we will be working in the coming weeks to partner you with a local Troop.
We have been able to connect to most of our Leaders in affected areas and are still reaching out to others, and by extension to our girls. Many of them have been displaced from their homes and are working through the process of bringing some semblance of normalcy to their lives. In many cases, affected Troops have also lost their meeting places due to storm damage. While Leaders are in touch with their girls, often they are taking a few weeks away from regular Troop meetings and we are assisting them in finding alternative meetings spaces. We know your gifts will be welcomed by them in the weeks to come, and particularly as we near the holiday season.
This week has required us to draw on our compassion, our energy, and our resourcefulness. You and our sister Girl Scouts across the country have been a tremendous source of strength as we recover and rebuild our community. It also has given us cause to be truly proud of the Girl Scout movement, given the numerous examples of kindness and generosity. Juliette’s words ring true: “Ours is a circle of friends united by ideals.”
Yours in Girl Scouting,
Barbara Murphy Warrington, CEO
Girl Scouts of Greater New York