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The Curbside Baby Shower

Posted by:   Marina on Sep 29, 2012
Town:         Newtown
Troop:        51160

What issue did your Take Action project address?
Our Silver Award project addressed the needs of families with no support for their babies by giving them some baby supplies. I worked with another member of my troop. We realized that there was an issue with families not having the money to provide their babies with baby furnishings, clothes, diapers, etc. after working with the Make A Home Foundation in our community.

What was your Take Action Project? Who did you involve in your project?
Our Silver Award project was to collect baby items for families in need of those certain supplies. We also worked to sort and distribute these items to local social service organizations. We involved our church community, and our town and well as other girl scout troops in our collection.We involved other troops in working with Make A Home Foundation through a schedule of volunteers for the coming months. Scouts from our own troop helped us on the collection day itself. We worked with the director of the Make A Home Foundation and our troop leaders as well.

What were the results? How did it affect the community?
We were able to collect one full truck load and a half of another truck load of baby supplies. These include high chairs, cribs, changing tables, clothes, diapers, wipes, and other baby necessities, new and gently used. These items were donated to the Make A Home Foundation and the Daughters of Charity to provide families in our county with the baby supplies they need.

What did you learn from the experience?
I learned that there are people in need right in my own community. I also learned that baby items are greatly needed and that they are very important to the families that received them. I learned that my church community is very generous and supportive and that they are very willing to help people in need. I learned that it isn't always easy to coordinate schedules and that good ideas aren't always easy to implement. This project was rewarding to me and I am very happy that I was able to help these families get what they so desperately needed.

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