CRANFORD - Thanksgiving is not only a holiday for gratitude, it is also a time for compassion and caring.

Two Brownie troops from the Girl Scouts of Cranford Service Unit 48 demonstrated that by completing projects to benefit Cranford Family Care, a local non-profit that supports residents in need.

Brownie Troop 40967 compiled a Thanksgiving basket full of food, cozy blankets, socks, holiday decorations, and more. The basket was donated to Cranford Family Care, which facilitated its delivery to a specific local family. This is the third year the troop has created this kind of donation as part of the philanthropy badge.

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Brownie Troop 40655 sponsored a drive and collected enough to create 15 bags of food for donation to Cranford Family Care. Each bag contained foods perfect for a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, with the exception of the turkey. The Brownies delivered the bags to the CFC facility, met director Kathleen Willis, and learned about the services the organization provides like supporting senior citizens and other residents with access to food pantry items.

“The girls really enjoyed meeting Mrs. Willis and seeing how the donations would help others have a more enjoyable holiday,” said Lori Smith, leader of Troop 40655. “It was wonderful for the girls to connect their service initiative with the organization it was benefiting.”

In addition to the efforts of the Brownie troops, 15 Senior Scouts in Cranford (9th grade) also contributed to Cranford Family Care. They collected and donated fresh produce to accompany the Thanksgiving meals going to those in need.  

The Girl Scouts of Cranford is an organization dedicated to building G.I.R.L.'s (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ of courage, confidence, and character who will make the world a better place. The Girl Scouts of Cranford Service Unit 48 is a part of the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey Council which is part of the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. For more information on the Girl Scouts of Cranford, go to