WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -- Two Girl Scout troops in Wood-Ridge are living out the Girl Scout Oath “to help people at all times” by hosting a coat drive for families in need, just as the cold winter weather is beginning to move into the area.

About 19 girls from Cadette Girl Scout Troops 94037 & 94454 are collecting coats in conjunction with the New York  State Annual Holiday Coat Drive in cooperation with the Producers Guild of America East and Film Good Do Good.

“My husband is currently working on a new television series and when he told me about the collection I thought our Girl Scout Service Unit might be able to help fill the need,” said Sandy O’Byrne, Troop Leader. “Luckily we have many generous friends and neighbors who come together and give selflessly.”

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O’Byrne said the girls “like to make a difference.” Recently they collected donations to buy a bed for a neighbor who had none, participated in the Borough Tree Lighting as Santa's Elves, made decorations for the Christmas Trees and monitored rooms for A Magical Holiday at Skylands Manor.

The girls have collected about 25 coats/jackets so far. There is still time for residents who want to contribute to the effort. They are looking for winter coats/jackets in good condition. The deadline is December 14. Anyone who is interesting in donating can reach out by via email sandyobyrne@gmail.com.