ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – There will be a sea of green vests and sashes through the streets of 28 area counties today as Girl Scouts run door to door collecting care items for the needy.
The effort is the final phase of the “April Showers” service project according to Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Donna Martin.
“Last weekend we had thousands of Girl Scouts out delivering bags for April Showers to many, many areas in our community,” Martin said.
Many of those bags – the Scouts hope – have been filled with toilet paper, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant and the like. Since the items are unavailable for purchase through the state’s food stamp program, Martin said there’s a growing demand for them.
“I would just like us to think about the child who’s going to school who isn’t clean because they don’t have soap at home or they don’t have toothpaste or shampoo,” Martin said. “And think about what happens to that child when they walk in the classroom.”
The collection effort begins at 10 a.m. and will last throughout the morning and afternoon. Those without a bag can purchase pre-filled ones at area Schnucks stores for $10 or drop off personal care items at Dierbergs.
“Think of a young person who’s out trying to establish themselves and get a job so they can work and provide some of these essentials for their family,” Martin said. “They don’t have that soap or shampoo and they walk in for an interview and we know they’re not going to be hired for that job.”
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