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Kid Zone/ Feading and Careing for Homeless

Posted by:   Ashley on Sep 26, 2012
Town:         Somers
Troop:        65032

What issue did your Take Action project address?
For my take action project I worked along side 3 of my fellow scouts. I'm going into my 10th year as a girl scout. We focused most of our project on food shortages and clothing needs for local people in need. I also partook in a project with 2 of the scouts. The project involved my towns little league summer tournament. We created and manned a Kid Zone. Where parents could leave younger children in a enclosed area full of fun!

What was your Take Action Project? Who did you involve in your project?
My take action had several components. I was part of a sweatshirt drive and we obtained over 130 heavyweight sweatshirts to distribute during the winter months to those in need. In order to help our local soup kitchen identify staff and volunteers I assisted with obtaining those names and made name tags to be used during times of service. There were over 106 volunteers that needed name tags. I helped organize and execute a complete dinner at a local soup kitchen; over a hundred meals were served. I also help create and man Kid Zone with 2 fellow scouts. Parents dropped off their younger kids and were able to enjoy watching their older kids play their game. We had a bounce house, a craft table that was a big hit, also 5 games.

What were the results? How did it affect the community?
All events were highly attended. People were very appreciative of my efforts. With the donation of the sweatshirts people were able to keep an extra layer of warmth during the colder months. The name tags helped to identify the staff so people in the community seeking help would be assisted. By organizing the dinner people were able to have a nutritious dinner and not go to bed hungry. Kid Zone allowed parents to enjoy their childs' game without worrying about their other children.

What did you learn from the experience?
I learned that there are a wide range of people in need from toddlers to the elderly. I learned to look beyond the appearance of a person as to whether they have proper nutrition and shelter. I learned that we are a very fortunate society with lots of support networks. I will take from this experience a new understanding and appreciation for what I have.I have also learned how greatly parents appreciated my efforts of being a role model to the younger children of my community.

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