Girl Scouts, Students Launch Toy Drive to Help Hurricane Victims
Girl scouts from Troop #160 kick off their toy drive.
Photo by Anne Alman
After Hurricane Matthew hit this fall, local Girl Scout Troop #160 wanted to help those suffering. They especially wanted to help children in families ravaged by the flooding. Their scout leader, Anne Alman, put this question to them: “If you lost everything, what would you want?”
Knowing that others were providing food and clothing, the girls came up with a plan to donate their gently used toys. “They wanted to “give back a little happiness,” Alaman says. “What makes kids kids is the ability to play.”
Now together with students from Root Elementary School, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School and Millbrook Elementary School, they’ve launched a toy drive through Dec. 10 to collect gently used and new toys for the children in rural communities hit by Hurricane Matthew and its subsequent flooding. They are looking for toys that are suitable for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. High on their list are Barbie dolls, cars and trucks, board games, puzzles, children's books, basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, new stuffed animals, arts and crafts and LEGOs.
Alman says the troop is looking for businesses that will allow people to drop off items for donation. In the meantime, you can donate your items by contacting Anne Alman-Troop Leader Girl Scouts #160 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“As Girl Scouts we know that doing our part makes the world a better place,” she says. “We encourage other kids, parents, adults, seniors and businesses to join us in making a difference. The more items we collect the more smiles we can give.”