PLAINFIELD, NJ — Girl Scout Troop 40879 from Holy Trinity School in Westfield spent Sunday afternoon preparing a meal for the residents of the Plainfield YMCA shelter.  

Troop members prepared a homemade salad, baked ziti, meatballs and oatmeal cinnamon cookies in advance of their visit. The girls then served the residents the dinner they had prepared, accompanied by bread and beverages.

Rita Foster, who works in Housing Services at the Plainfield YMCA, introduced the troop members to residents and showed both the girls and their parents around the shelter. The girls had previously visited the shelter during a seventh grade class trip with Holy Trinity School that inspired them to do more to help out and give back to those in need.