‘Tis the season for giving back, but we all know Girl Scouts give back all year-round! There are so many ways her G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) energy and caring make a difference in her community—whether she and her Girl Scout friends are working on a Take Action Project after a
Girl Scout Journey, working towards one of their Girl Scout Highest Awards, or giving back simply because they want to!
If you’re looking for how your Girl Scout troop can give back during the holidays, here are just a few of the ways Girl Scouts give back across our council:
1. Organize a food drive Brownie Troop 157 from Oro Valley went Caroling for Cans! They set and met their goal of collecting 250 pounds of donations. This picture shows only a fraction of what they collected for the local food bank! Troop 145 partnered with Avra Valley Fire Charities to collect canned goods for holiday food boxes to be distributed throughout the district. 2. Volunteer at a local food pantry, soup kitchen, or clothing drive Tucson Troops 933 and 2969 went to Z Mansion to work a clothing table, bag cat and dog food, prepare meals and hand out homemade Christmas cards to community members facing homelessness. Yuma Troop 626 helped a local radio station fill dozens of baskets for families transitioning from a shelter to a home, donating twice as many towels and washcloths as requested, in order to prepare extra baskets for the future. 3. Organize a toy drive Troop 562 from Duncan collected over 100 toys for patients at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Tucson Troop 210 spent $600 of last year’s cookie funds to buy games for the Children’s Center at TMC. They went shopping, purchased the games, toured the hospital, and delivered the games in person. Troop 1855 from Yuma donated $160 worth of toys to Toys for Tots. 4. Spread cheer by caroling or decorating at your local nursing home The girls of Troop 386 went Caroling at Haven of Safford Care Center, a longstanding tradition for this multi-level troop! Troop 122 went caroling and handed out homemade cards and nonslip socks to over 100 local seniors. This was their 5th year in a row visiting the Mountain View Care Center! Daisy Troop 363 had a wonderful time singing Christmas carols and doing arts and crafts with the residents at Desert Sage Assisted Living. The Sierra Vista chapter of Girl Volunteer Corps decorated the Beehive Homes for the holidays, as well as hosting an ornament-making craft workshop at the local mall. This Yuma Brownie Girl Scout from Troop 473 made Christmas ornaments to bring them to local nursing home residents. 5. Make holiday cards for your community Troop 60 made over 100 cards for residents at a care facility, many of whom don’t have family to visit for the holidays. 6. Honor military and public safety professionals Troop 456 performed the flag ceremony at the Wreaths Across America event in Tucson, and helped lay over 2,000 wreaths on the headstones of service men and women. Yuma Troop 627 made cupcakes for their local firefighters and delivered them in-person. (These go-getters also baked cookies for residents at a nearby nursing home, and participated in Wreaths Across America!)
7. Nourish and nurture our four-legged friends The Tucson chapter of Girl Volunteer Corps raked, cleaned the stalls, and fed the animals at TRAK (Therapeutic Ranch for Animals and Kids). Daisy Girl Scout Kalyssa raised money doing odd jobs to cover the adoption fees of a dog and cat at the Huachuca City Animal Shelter who were considered difficult to adopt. She also put together care packages full of pet supplies to send home with the animals’ forever families. For more inspiration and ideas, check out how other Girl Scout troops are giving back this holiday season. Don’t forget to share your stories on social media using #GirlScoutsGiveBack and #GirlScoutSoAZ!