Troop collects and drops off wish-list items
Girl Scout Junior Troop 1407 worked on the Agent of Change Journey for the last two years and decided to make helping local animals in need the focus of their Bronze Award service project.
They started out by visiting local businesses including the Putnam Humane Society, the Bear Mountain Zoo and the Cold Spring Animal Hospital to learn about their services in rescuing and/or helping to care for animals. They also took an animal first aid and CPR course offered by the Girl Scout council. They decided to put their efforts toward helping the Putnam Humane Society, a no-kill, nonprofit shelter based in Carmel. The Humane Society has a wish list of items that they regularly need to house and care for these animals (at puthumane.org).
The troop created collection boxes, made flyers that included items from the wish list and put their boxes and flyers out in the community at places such as Our Lady of Loretto Church, the Garrison School, Foodtown in Cold Spring, Dynamic Gymnastics and the Desmond-Fish Library. Many of the girls even stood outside of Pet Supplies Plus in Fishkill and handed out a flyer of items needed to make on-site collections. They were able to collect many donated items for the Humane Society and made their dropoff on Saturday, May 16. They also spent two of their meetings making catnip socks to give to the cats at the shelter.
Troop 1407 would like to send a big thank you to those who helped by allowing them to put boxes at their locations, and to everyone else who contributed donated items.