CRANFORD -  The Girl Scouts of Junior Troop 40722 tied hundreds of colorful bows to the bridge railing on Springfield Avenue with a center banner that reads, “TIES THAT BIND” #CRANFORD STRONG.”

The bridge is located across from Girl Scout Park, which is across from the Cranford Canoe Club closest to the intersection of Springfield and Orange Avenues. The idea of the project was to remind residents and passersby that a key to overcoming the COVID 19 pandemic is to stay united in our efforts and to stay connected even when social distancing is required.

“Our troop wanted to spread some joy to the community during the pandemic,” said volunteer troop leader Tracee Blanton. “We tied nearly 1,100 brightly colored ribbons to unite our community. One of the girls said that it felt really good to work on a project that would have such a positive impact. And the feedback from the community has been so great. We were able to raise people’s spirits and that has been very moving for the girls and for us too.”

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Junior Troop 40722 is part of the Girl Scouts of Cranford Service Unit 48, and consists of fifth graders who attend Livingston Avenue School in Cranford. They are Callie Blanton, Adelaide Yurcisin, Clare Shuler, Claudia Cook, Meghan Wukovits, Riley Greco, Alexis Jankowski, Riley McKeon, Sara Phillips, Sadie Pizzella, and Molly Moore. The troop is led by Ms. Blanton and Andrea Yurcisin.

The Girl Scouts of Cranford boasts over 1,139 Girl Scout Members in 71 troops and Juliette’s making it one of the largest non-profit organizations in town. The Cranford Service Unit is a part of the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey (GSHNJ) Council which is part of the Girl Scouts of the USA. If your family is interested in learning more about local Girl Scouts or to find out more information on the Girls Scouts of Cranford, please visit www.cranfordgirlscouts.com.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Special thanks to Kerry Rokicki for passing along the information.