EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Girl Scout Troop 80337 was honored by the Mayor and Council with a Proclamation at Monday's Township Council meeting, honoring these 12 young women for their "Project Gratitude" service project.

As previously reported by TAPinto East Brunswick, the work went along in three stages: identifying, getting help, and sending some hometown encouragement.

When Councilman Kevin "Mac" McEvoy saw that 4 men and women from East Brunswick were being deployed overseas, he contacted the Girl Scouts to see if there were something the community could do to help our soldiers. Scout leaders at Warnsdorfer School's Troop 80337 - Christine Rampolla and Sharon Kaplan - told McEvoy that the girls were getting ready to start a gratitude project.  They would show that they had their own way of saying, "Thank you for your service."

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After getting permission to run the project from Warnsdorfer Principal Joseph Csatari, the councilman, the scouts, and the students made a plan to round up some supplies through a school-sponsored donation plan. 

The soldiers are well-supplied with equipment and food, but they are missing out on lots of personal-care items, treats, and activities to pass the time.  The collection was on.  The scouts sought donations of batteries, foot powder, gum, mouthwash, sunscreen, baby wipes, and lip balm along with other personal needs.

Reaching out to Spotswood Shop-Rite manager Dominic Romeo was no mistake, either.  "He donated a ton of stuff, " said McEvoy.  Mac also acknowledged that the most rewarding part of the project, for him, was hearing the girls explain what the gratitude project was and why they wanted to send supplies to the soldiers.

Adding to the honor put forth by the Mayor and Council, troop members were also featured on News 12 NJ in a feature yesterday,