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Posted by:   Megan on Sep 27, 2012
Town:         Somers
Troop:        65032

What issue did your Take Action project address?
I've been a girl scout for 9 years now, and been working on my silver project three years. I found that many people in my area didn't have appropriate clothing to wear in the winter months, a warm healthy meal to eat, or basic essentials such as a toothbrush or toothpaste. The second part of my project was directed at providing supervision of younger children during a major sporting event in our town.

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. The project portion that involved the sporting event included coordinating an area where younger children attending baseball playoffs of their siblings playing could be watched and participate in various activities and kept safe and busy.

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. The parents of young children that attended 'Kidzone' were very appreciative of my efforts as they knew that their children were being well cared for. The children that attended 'Kidzone' had a lot of fun and were thankful that they had a program set up just for them.

What did you learn from the experience?
I learned that there are many people near my area that were in need of basic things, such as warmer clothes for the winter months and a good meal to eat. Knowing that I helped so many people makes me feel good about myself. At 'Kidzone', I learned how to multitask, problem solve, and to improvise as there was several rain storms that occurred during the event.

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