Monday, December 16, 2013

Guest Post: Troop #28029 completes service project for Operation Christmas Child

By Shannon Newman
Troop Leader

Troop #28029 participated in the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child. This is a project that was brought to our troops attention by one of our troop moms, Jeana R. last year. The program benefits children from more than 150 countries who are not able to experience the joy of Christmas.

The Daisies purchased plastic boxes and filled them with items appropriate for different age ranges. Items such as books, socks, toothbrushes, toys, coloring books, crayons, etc. The girls really enjoyed being able to decorate the boxes before they were shipped overseas.  This service project benefits many needy children as well as our Daisies. Our girls are able to understand that they have the power to make change in this world. They can do a simple act such as filling boxes with fun items to put a smile on a needy child's face. A child who they will never meet, but they will understand that what they are doing is going to make a difference in these underprivileged children's lives.

Our troop will also be involved in other projects this holiday season. The girls are going to decorate a Christmas tree for the sanctuary at Parkway United Methodist Church in Sugar Land, and they will be judging a neighborhood outdoor Christmas decor contest for a local Sugar Land neighborhood. By allowing the girls to be a part of these activities they feel like Christmas is not just about getting gifts. They see that their actions impact our community and that small gestures can mean a lot to a lot of people right here in their hometown and far away in other countries.

Thank you to Troop #28029 for sharing their story with us. If your troop has completed holiday service projects, please share them with us! Post them to our Facebook page and send the photos to menzor@sjgs.org for the scrapbook section of The Golden Link.