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SAVE and Scouts Partner for Hope Pantry

Girl Scouts and SAVE members collect food items for the Hope Pantry. Left to right are Daphne Stier, Olivia Bishop, Emily Owens, Drue Ramanauskas (10th grade SAVE member), Caroline Karpinski, Kai Li Long (standing), Shannon Fee (sitting), Karsen McGee and Rachael Karpinski (both 12th grade SAVE members), and Lydia Pope. Not pictured is Girl Scout Emily Tinch.

Junior Girl Scout Troop 2842, along with troop leaders Heather Karpinski and Kate Bishop, partnered with the CHS SAVE Club sponsored by Leah Ross recently in a collaborative community project. Their mission: to collect food for the Hope Pantry in Monroe, NC. Members of the club and troop were on hand at the October 17 CHS varsity football game to collect food donations. The scout troop, made up of 5th grade students, chose to help the Hope Pantry to earn their Bronze Award. The Bronze Award involves completion of a project that makes a difference in the community. The scouts planned the food drive for the fall so the donations could help fill the Hope Pantry prior to the holidays.

According to Ms. Karpinski, partnering with CHS and the SAVE Club provided an avenue of collection that the girls otherwise wouldn't have had.

“The Girl Scout Troop has been meeting at CHS for the past four years and were happy to have the opportunity to work with the high school students,” she said.

“The girls were very excited to be able to partner with the SAVE Club and CHS. The CHS PTSO and SAVE Club were very generous and provided a CHS Sweatshirt and a SAVE Club Sweatshirt as prizes. When anyone brought a donation of 3 cans or more, they were entered into a drawing to win one of the sweatshirts,” said Ms. Karpinski.

“What really hit home with the girls was when a student who didn't bring a food item gave us the last $2 out of his pocket to give to the pantry. That's what it is all about - working together for a common goal to help others.”

In addition to the collection at the football game, troop members are conducting food drives in their own neighborhoods. So far they have collected over 300 cans of food and hope to get even more through their neighborhood collections. Be on the lookout for members of Troop 2842 - they are collecting food through the 10th of November!

Anyone wishing to make a donation may contact Leah Ross or Heather Karpinski. For more information on the Hope Pantry, click here

Written by: Paula White
Posted: Oct 31, 2014 by Paula White

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