CRANFORD, NJ - Newly formed Walnut Avenue School Brownie Troop 40772 has set out to give back to the community.

At its first meeting the girls chose the troop's crest. The meaning of the crest is based on what is most important to them and what they want their troop to stand for. Without seeing the image beforehand the girls chose the unicorn because it is important for them to have the courage to spread beauty with words and actions.  

The girls are learning the importance of being kind to others and the impact that these second-graders from Walnut Avenue School can have on the world.  

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For its first project the troop gathered at Sewciety in Westfield to make headbands. The headbands were donated to the inpatients at Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside.  With these children in mind the girls chose colorful and stylish fabrics and made each headband with love in their hearts.  

The girls also had the opportunity to visit Children’s Specialized Hospital and personally deliver the headbands. Many of the girls also made cards for the patients with well wishes to brighten their day, that would later appear on their lunch trays and hung in their rooms.  

They went on a brief tour of the facility and learned about the patients and how the staff helps them.  The girls were engaged, inquisitive and you could see how proud they were to spread kindness to others.

Cranford Brownie Troop 40772 will look to other future service projects that include; helping out a soup kitchen to feed the homeless, helping out at a farm and spreading kindness throughout the community.