NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The girls of North Plainfield’s Girl Scout Troop 65255 are working on their Bronze Award. They made “We Care Kits,” which are bags of necessary items for those who need help affording them.
The Bronze award is the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can get. Girls can only get this in the 5th grade (their 2nd year of being a Junior), it must address an unmet need. It took a lot of thinking but they finally found an unmet need in their community. The Troop thought of the idea and has been planning it for months.
“It makes me feel excited and part of something big,” says Julia Gomes, an 11-year-old member of the Troop.
The bags are full of things such as dental floss, tooth paste, soap, mouthwash and other personal items. Donations were collected from schools, family members, churches, the CVS in North Plainfield and other businesses. The troop is grateful to everyone who made a donation.
These girls are 10 and 11 years old and are just as excited about helping people as they are about winning an award. This is the very first time they are doing a project on their own with such little help from their troop leaders.
“I want to make this world a better place,” states 11-year-old Kerry Pierro, another Troop member. “This is my first step.”
The Scouts delivered the kits and provided babysitting for the kids while parents got their “We Care Kits” at the Lighthouse Food Ministry on Somerset St. in North Plainfield on May 30, 2015.
Lighthouse is a food bank that serves more than 120 families in the greater North Plainfield community. The girls have also handed out chickens and turkeys there for Thanksgiving. Pastor Tom Dickerson introduced the Troop members to some of the families present, who were happy to receive the We Care Kits. Manuel Morocoimai, a leader at Lighthouse Ministry, told the Troop “Thank you for your help, you have been a blessing to have here.”
“I am so proud of what the girls have accomplished in preparing We Care Kits for the community,” says Nancy Pierro, a leader of the troop. “It’s wonderful to see the girls so committed year after year to being a part of a local resource like Lighthouse. They don’t need any encouragement to give back to the community.”
Troop 65255 does not want to stop helping the community once their Bronze Award is complete. They intend to continue volunteering at Lighthouse over the summer months.
Members of Troop 65255 who have all worked toward this project: Kaila Barns; Emma Collazo; Brianna Cookman; Kendy Rudy; Alicia Day; Zuri Felton; Domonique Geiger; Julia Gomes; Madison Kasper; Nicole Lindemeyer; Niah Llewellyn; Kerry Pierro; Carly Robertson; Victoria Smagalla; Naila Twyman; Sydney Waddy; and Amani Weeks.