Community volunteers: Girl Scouts deliver lei, cookies to Soldiers
February 13, 2012
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- The Schofield Barracks-based Kolekole Service Girl Scout unit, comprised of more than 18 troops, has recently completed several community service projects.
Thorin Jean of Troop 066, here, recently finished her Girl Scout Silver Award, a project that required more than 65 hours of community service to complete.
Her team project included supporting a Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Blue Star Card event by making and delivering 850 lei to redeploying Soldiers from Iraq.
"It was fantastic to see a young lady organize a group of kids to take the time to make sure that all of the returning Soldiers were welcomed home properly," said Master Sgt. Dan Stanton, 25th Infantry Division, one of the redeploying Soldiers from Iraq. "Leadership, thoughtfulness and patriotism like that sets the example for every American to follow."
Troop 344, led by Kristina Mixon, participated in a Bronze Award event by singing Christmas carols to single Soldiers living in the quads, here. As part of the project, Junior Girl Scout Sorenna Jean gathered and delivered homemade cookies while caroling to show appreciation to single Soldiers far away from family during the holidays.
Maj. Gen. Bernard Champoux (right), commander, 25th ID, presents Thorin Jean, Girl Scout Troop 066, with the Girl Scout Silver Award, at Schofield Barracks, recently.
Other community service projects included a food drive, an animal shelter supply drive and welcome home cards for Soldiers.
The Girl Scouts also supported the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, "Broncos," 25th Infantry Division Memorial Association Remembrance 5K, here.
Cookies, however, remain, a cornerstone of Girl Scout character building. Cookie sales help fund activities, purchase supplies and reach out to the community.
"Girls that once did not have the confidence to speak in front of others, learn acceptance, courage and life skills," said Alyssa Edwards, one of the Troop 066 leaders, .
"So, this spring, look for those young ladies in front of various businesses with their booths of cookies," Edwards added.
"Consider that your $5 per box can make a difference, not only in the life of a young girl, but in the community she will reach out to."