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Windsor Girl Scouts Assemble Birthday Bags for Windsor Food Bank
Posted: Mar 7, 2011
Windsor Girl Scout troops 10153 and 10155 chose to celebrate the Girl Scout birthday this week by helping those in need to celebrate their own birthdays.

The 16 first- and second-grade girls each decorated and assembled a gift bag full of cake mix, frosting, candles, party hats and other treats to donate to the Windsor Food Bank.

“We’ve been able to teach the girls so much about helping others in their community through our relationship with Windsor Social Services,” says April Michaud, co-leader of the two Girl Scout troops. “For them, this event in their Girl Scout experience encourages them to share something with others. I can only hope that they think of what they can do for others each year as they remember the anniversary of the first Girl Scout meeting.”

Over the past two years, these two Girl Scout troops have visited the Windsor Food Bank and have incorporated the needs of the food bank into several of their projects

“These experiences with the food bank have not only shown the girls the importance of helping others in need in their own community, but have also helped to lay the foundation for several conversations about good nutrition,” explains Kristen Formanek, Social Services Coordinator for the Town of Windsor. “The girls have learned that the families of hundreds of children in town utilize the food bank to receive the nutritious ‘everyday foods’ that are stocked on our shelves. They have also learned that everyone deserves a ‘sometime food’ for a treat. It is wonderful that the Girl Scouts chose a project that helps their neighbors to be able to celebrate their own birthdays.”

The Windsor Food Bank currently has over 400 registered households and serves an average of 250 households per month. The monthly usage has continued to slowly increase in relation to the economy and help is needed now more than ever. Windsor Social Services and the Windsor Community Service Council continue to reach out to members of the Windsor Community for donations to the food bank year-round. Mrs. Formanek adds, “we are very appreciative of the continued assistance from the local Girl Scouts. They continue to incorporate the needs of the community into their projects and this had been very helpful to Social Services.”

Girl Scouts was founded on in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low. She and two other women met with 18 girls on March 12th of that year to form the first Girl Scout troop in the United States. In the 99 years since that first meeting, Girl Scouts of America has grown to over 3.2 million members. The town of Windsor currently has more than 200 registered Girl Scouts in grades K-12.

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