With the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing, it’s more important than ever to give back to the community. Here are a few easy ways Girl Scouts and troops can give back to their communities this month.
1. Blanket Donation
Troop 7133 decided to host a Blanket Drive after they heard their local shelter had completely run out of twin-sized blankets. The troop sponsored donation bins and collected new and gently used blankets for the shelter. Reach out to your local shelter to see what their needs are and coordinate donations from family and friends to donate. Make sure to stay safe and practice social distancing through curbside pick-ups or other distanced collection methods.
2. Food Pantry Donation
Another way to give back is to donate to a food pantry. Purchase items on our local pantry’s wish-list, or simply donate canned goods for your own pantry. Double check with your local pantry to see what they need and what they have too much of.
3. Donate to Healthcare Workers
Healthcare workers are working harder than ever! Some ways Badgerland troops have given back is by donating Girl Scouts cookies or sending thank you cards. You can do something similar, or come up with your own creative way to say thanks.
4. Send Holiday Cards
The Holidays can be a lonely time for some, and a simple way to raise someones spirits is to send a card. Create a variety of holiday cards and send them to an assisted care facility or veterans hospital to spread some holiday cheer.
5. Shovel Driveways and Sidewalks
An easy way to help others in the winter is to shovel sidewalks and driveways that neighbors may not be able to do on their own. This is especially a great way to help high-risk or elderly individuals who may have been isolation by the pandemic. Make sure to practice social distancing guidelines to keep yourself and others safe.
6. Donate Toys
Donating toys to those in need is a great way to help others this month, especially with the upcoming holiday season. You can raise money and purchase toys, or donate gently used toys (if accepted). Donate the toys to a community center, family shelter, Toys for Tots, or a similar organization.
How have you/your troop given back to your community? Share your ideas in the comments below!