Girl Scouts donate Blessings Bags for Bronze Award

O’FALLON – For their Bronze Award, the members of Girl Scout Troop 164 chose to help the less fortunate by making “Blessings Bags”. 

Normally Blessings Bags are handed directly to people who could use a hand up, however, those situations may not be safe for fifth graders. Instead, the girls asked the American Red Cross on Scott AFB to help us distribute our blessing bags to people who can use them.  

After writing letters to get permission from District 90 schools and the O’Fallon Public Library, the girls created donation boxes and flyers to ask their fellow students and community for items to fill the blessings bags. Following their collection, the troop met up to fill the bags. They successfully created 175 Blessings Bags that will be distributed throughout the local VA hospitals.  

The troop would like to thank Mr. Courtney Hinton, who came their school to talk to the girls about the mission of the Red Cross. The girls filled up his Red Cross emergency vehicle with all of their Blessings Bags.  

In the process, the troop learned a lot about volunteering and are looking forward to their Silver Award as Cadettes. (Submitted Photo)