The Caro Girl Scout Troop 50575 is working very hard to show support of U.S. military troop members. The scouts are currently working toward a badge that requires each girl to log 30 hours of community service. The scouts selected a project that directly shows support and gratitude to U.S. military members serving overseas.
Today through Friday, May 18, many Caro businesses are featuring donation boxes to collect items for the soldiers. Each box features a shopping list to help supporters make wise donation choices.
The majority of the suggested donation items are small and inexpensive — things that most Americans may use daily without thought. Examples are personal hygiene products, batteries, lip balm, small snack items, small reading materials and more. Many of these items can be purchased for only a dollar or two at area stores.
Although the items may seem simple to us, receiving a care package gift of such “luxuries” would mean the world to a military member serving overseas. Regardless of the politics behind the reason why a serviceman/woman is deployed to another country, we hope that Americans realize our military members make huge sacrifices every single day. They deserve — and need — our support.
The donation boxes that are currently placed in Caro businesses — the Girl Scouts will be picking these up on Friday, May 18. The next day, Saturday, May 19, the Girl Scouts plan to host a “Stuff a Van” event in front of the Tuscola County Courthouse from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
As it stands, donations are so low the scouts will barely be able to stuff a single seat. We truly, truly need the community’s help in this effort.
Also at the Stuff a Van event, the Girl Scouts will be selling their famous cookies at a booth. People can either buy a box to send overseas, or buy a box of Girl Scout cookies for themselves. This is truly a great opportunity, because Girl Scout cookies are usually only sold in the Fall season — so stock up on your favorite treat and put them in the freezer to last through the summer. Cookies are $3.50 a box, sold on a first come, first serve basis.
The members of Girl Scout Troop 50575 also need to be commended on making this big decision: Usually, the proceeds of cookie sales stays with the local troop to support their own activities. But at the cookie booth at the Stuff a Van event, the girls decided to donate their cookie money to the Operation Care Package soldier project.
For anyone willing to buy items for the soldiers, I can e-mail a list of suggested donation items to anyone who contacts me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “Girl Scout Fundraiser” in the title line.
Here is a list of the stores in which you can find donation boxes. I apologize if I left anyone off the list: Caro Independent Bank, Ink with Attitude, State Street Diner, PJ O’Brien’s, Caro Music Store, Thumb Cellular, Arrowhead Golf Club, Caro Chamber of Commerce, Just Teasin’, Howard Beauty Academy, State Street Fitness, Dollar Daze, Time Out, State Street Pharmacy, Tropic Fish Pets, Kids Closet, A Cut Above, Antonio’s, Continental Rental, Gambles, Chemical Bank (State Street main office), Lasting Impressions Flower Shop, Bullet Auto, Archery World, Coinette Laundry, Patriot Party Store, Save-a-Lot, Maxi Muffler, American Legion, P.I.C., Echols, Frank, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, Tuscola County Behavioral Health, Family Video, Dr. Upright (Marlette), American Legion Hall, Holly’s, Caro Frame Shoppe, Oasis, Star Vision, McDonalds, Tuscola County Advertiser and VG’s Food & Family.
“Girl Scout Mom”