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Local Girl Scouts celebrate centennial with coat donations

Bethlehem Junior Girl Scout Troop 1546 took a trip to the Bethlehem Food Bank in Town Hall to drop off coats for needy families and learn how they can help the food bank with future projects.

Bethlehem Junior Girl Scout Troop 1546 took a trip to the Bethlehem Food Bank in Town Hall to drop off coats for needy families and learn how they can help the food bank with future projects. Photo by Marcy Velte.

— The items were donated to the Food Pantry on Thursday, Dec. 6, while the rest were donated to Mercy House over the following weekend.

Jane Sanders, outreach coordinator for Bethlehem Senior Services, took the time to tell the girls about the town Food Pantry and its purpose. She also thanked them for their donations, and asked that they keep the food bank in mind in the summer months when contributions are low.

“We mostly deal with food, but we got few, if any, donations this year from the program Coats for Kids,” she said. “When we saw they were collecting, we have many families who can’t afford to go out and buy coats. Their kids grow each year, season to season, and coats are expensive.”

Because of the need, the Food Pantry asked for coats of specific sizes for specific genders. They were also pleased to be given the birthday boxes, since all of the things needed to hold a birthday party can also be costly for parents.

“(This collection) really drove home the meaning of teamwork,” said Heffernan. “When each girl contributes something individually, together we make a big difference.”

Many of the girls were simply in awe of how old the organization is and that it is something they can still be a part of.

“I’m proud the Girl Scouts has lasted this long and so many girls devoted their lives to helping other people,” said Megan Novak, 9. “Now I can do the same thing.”

Those who would still like to donate coats for the drive may do so until Monday, Dec. 17, at Bethlehem Town Hall.

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