Troop Holds Successful Bundle Up, Baby! Blanket Drive
Troop 177 (l to r, top row) Jackie, Katelyn, Grace;
(bottom row) Kayla, Hayley; (not pictured) Nia
Girl Scout Junior Troop 177 delivered box loads of baby blankets to Baptist Child and Family Services (BCFS) in April for its Healthy Start Laredo
program. The program is for colonias near Laredo where 300 babies are born a year who often don't have even a single blanket to be sent home in. Learning about this program set the girls in motion to prepare for their Agent of Change
journey community service project and Girl Scout Bronze Award.
The six fourth-grade Girl Scouts posted collection boxes in two elementary schools, churches, day cares, and offices. Their promotion included a video, announcements, flyers, and posters and they collected more than 300 new, gently used and washed, handmade baby blankets.
BCFS was so grateful for the help. The staff held a celebration at the BCFS San Antonio Westside community coffee house and drove their Healthy Start mobile medical unit in from Laredo for the girls and their families to tour. A few clients were also present to receive blankets for their infants.
Cindi Garcia, BCFS Health & Human Services Executive Director, commented, "that while they've had adult volunteers and supporters, they have never had a group of Girl Scouts or other young people take on such a project." She beamed about how much this would help them as they serve some of the poorest communities in the country.
Way to go, Troop 177 -- GSSWT is very proud of you!
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