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Scouts look to bring Halloween to homeless kids

Friday, October 08, 2010   (0 Comments)
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By News-Herald staff
Daisy Girl Scout Troop 1459 is working on a holiday project that will spread a little "Boo.”

The girls, 6 and 7 years old, are collecting gently used Halloween costumes to give to children living at an area homeless shelter.

"My daughter and I were reading an American Girl magazine,” Troop leader Cheryl Bohr said. "There was an article about a girl who had done it.”

After some discussion with her daughter, Brooklyn, Bohr asked the Daisy Troop if it would like to do a collection as a troop project.

"When I asked the girls about it, they were excited by the idea,” Bohr said.

The troop, led by Bohr and Sheryl Null, meet on the third Thursday of each month with the girls discussing what they will be doing to earn their Daisy Learning Petals or participation patches. The costume collection will end on Thursday, but the girls’ real learning experience will come when they deliver the costumes to Project Hope for the Homeless and tour the facility.

"My aunt is a teacher and she commented about how many kids don’t get a Halloween costume,” Bohr said. "Project Hope wasn’t sure about the need, but any (costumes) not taken will be donated to another charity.”

The Troop has 11 members, all students of St. Gabriel in Concord Township, so Bohr approached the Parent Teachers United group of St. Gabriel’s and had the collection announced.

A box, about the size that would fit a washer or dryer, was decorated with Halloween motifs and is set up at the school and will be available during Saturday evening and Sunday masses at the church, 9925 Johnnycake Ridge Road.

Children staying at Project Hope will be able to choose which of the costumes they would like and the ones not chosen will be donated to another charity for distribution.

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