Scouts Across the Nation Supporting the Relief Effort
Troops from Across the Nation Offered Assistance, Collecting Supplies and Donations to Ship to New York
Friday, November 2, 2012 (New York, NY) – Girl Scout Troops from across New York City sprang into action this week, collecting supplies, donating items, and even holding a bake sale to help families devastated by the impact of Hurricane Sandy. Additionally, troops from across the country, including Wyoming, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Maryland, are reaching out to the Girl Scouts of Greater New York to offer assistance.
“We are so proud of our Girl Scouts who range from 5 to 17 years old and so grateful to all our volunteers for springing into action. As Girl Scouts, we make the unshakeable promise to help people at all times. We encourage compassion and teach our girls that they can be leaders in making the world a better place. Responding quickly to aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is a clear demonstration of their leadership ability and compassion. And, it’s a tremendously important thing to do for all the families impacted by Sandy,” said Girl Scouts of Greater New York CEO Barbara Murphy-Warrington. The central office for the Girl Scouts of Greater New York, located at 43 W 23rd Street in Manhattan, was closed from Monday, October 29 through Friday, November 2 due to the power outage.
The Girl Scouts of Greater New York is the city’s largest leadership development program for girls. The organization serves 26,650 girls from every zip code in New York with the support of over 9,200 dedicated volunteers. The Girl Scouts of Greater New York serves girls in public and private schools, public housing, shelters, and detention centers. The Girl Scouts of Greater New York will celebrate its centennial in 2013.
A sample of troop volunteer activity includes:
- Girl Scouts from Immaculate Heart of Mary Troops 2700, 2804, and 2662 (WB1) and Girl Scout Troops at PS130 had a bake sale to raise money for a soup kitchen that served meals to 600 seniors staying in the Park Slope Armory. The bake sale took place outside the Ft. Hamilton Train Station, near the ball fields at Greenwood Playground, Ft. Hamilton Parkway and East 5th Street, Friday, November 2 from 3-6 pm.
- Girl Scouts of St. Dominics in Brooklyn (Troops 2080 and 2309) are collecting coats, blankets, food, and other essential items for donations to families in need.
- Jackson Heights Troop 4272 and 4274 dropped off water, Girl Scouts cookie boxes, and board games for children in the Queens College shelter.
- Cadette Troop 4091 Girl Scouts gathered and packed donations from their individual homes and, with the help of their parents, transported the bags to St. Margaret’s Church and Borders at Atlas Terminal. The donations were for the Rockaway/Breezy Point families. The troop continued to gather donations over the weekend. Members of the troop also volunteered at the disaster relief site in St. Margaret’s in Glendale today, sorting and packing donations.
In Staten Island
- Daisy Troop 5174 (5- and 6-year-old girls) collected clothing and made meals (sandwiches, snacks, and drinks) and packaged them in decorated bags. The donations were delivered to Our Lady Help of Christians in Tottenville. The troop also made cupcakes for the volunteers at OLHC.
- Cadette Girl Scout Troop 5327, based at St Johns Villa Academy, has begun assisting with the clean-up effort and is collecting goods for the families of South Beach, Staten Island.
If you would like to make a donation of goods or a monetary donation please visit the following websites for donation details.