Girl Scouts collect supplies for Easton shelter
EASTON — When Girl Scout Troop 961 was looking for a community ser vice project for the holiday season, one local charitable organization came to mind.
Members from the troop had volunteered for Talbot Interfaith Shelter’s Long Walk Home Family Fun Walk in October, and they were eager to continue helping the shelter and transitional housing program. They decided to do a supply drive.
“This year we chose the Interfaith Shelter because they help local people with other things and teach skills besides just the usual food drives and soup kitchens that charities usually have around the holidays,” Troop Leader Theresa Plog said.
The troop, co-led by Plog and Casey Andrews, is based in St. Michaels and has 26 members, ranging in age from kindergarten to seventh grade. They reached out to TIS Marketing and Development Director Jayme Dingler in November to find out if there was anything in particular the organization needed. She provided them with a list of household essentials, including paper towels and toilet paper, laundry and dish detergent, baggies of all sizes and snacks to put in a bag lunch.
The girls made and distributed fliers asking neighbors, friends and family to help donate items from the list and then collected them. A group of scouts then delivered the supplies to TIS’s shelter facility at Easton’s Promise on Dec. 19. While at the shelter, Dingler and Executive Director Julie Lowe met with them, talked about how the organization’s S4 Program works and answered their questions.
“We love to see what local kids can accomplish when they are on a mission,” Dingler said. “We are always impressed by the finished product, and this was no exception. It was obvious that the girls took this very seriously and worked really hard to collect as much as possible.”
“We are both grateful for the supply infusion and gratified to see young people who want to make a difference in our community,” Dingler said.
Many of the girls who gathered donations were unable to make it to the shelter to deliver them, but Girl Scout Ruby Fisher said, “That’s OK. I enjoyed making the holiday brighter for others.”
Talbot Interfaith Shelter is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Easton and serving Talbot County and the surrounding areas. The organization has developed a program that they call S4 (Shelter, Stability, Support, Success), which is designed to give guests access to a stable homelike environment, services and tools that can help them break the cycle of poverty and homelessness and regain their independence.
Their vision is that no one in Talbot County will ever have to spend a night on the streets, in a car or in the woods because he or she cannot find housing. To learn more about how you can help, visit www.talbotinterfaithshelter.org or contact Julie Lowe at 410-3102316 or [email protected]lanticbb.net.
Girl Scouts Natalie Chance, Madelynne Plog, Vivian Longenecker, Lillian Plog, Addison Andrews and Lila McDermott pose with Kaleigh Buxton and the supplies they collected for Talbot Interfaith Shelter in Easton.