by Lisa Tome
Their first calls for assistance went mostly unanswered, so a group of Junior Girl Scouts from North East, is giving it another try.
Members of Junior Troop 001 are working to earn their Bronze Award. That award is the highest scouting honor for girls in their age group. One of the requirements for that award is a community service project. The eight girls in the troop researched needs
"We all voted. The homeless are all around Maryland," said Troop member Ashley Roney.
The troop is collecting trial sized items: shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste, soap, toothbrushes, and deodorant. They are also collecting granola bars, trail mix, hair combs and brushes, feminine hygiene products, and gently used clothing, shoes, blankets, and sleeping bags.
Originally, this project was to wrap up early in the month. Now, the deadline has been extended to May 18. There are collection boxes at Elk Neck Elementary, North East Elementary, North East Town Hall, and other sites in North East. North East VFW Post 6027 donated $500 to the cause. Cash and check donations are also being accepted.
"This is helping us to help people that need stuff," said Roney.
Roney's mom, Vicki Arrowood, said this collection is a good project for the troop. "You never know when you might be the one (in need)," said Arrowood.
Those who wish to donate or who have questions may call troop leaders Karlene at 215-407-8040, Victoria at 443-945-4105, or Kim at 443-206-9468. The donations will stay in Cecil County and be distributed through the Paris Foundation in Elkton.