Girl Scouts col­lect sup­plies for Eas­ton shel­ter

The Star Democrat - - LIFE -

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.tal­bot­in­ter­faithshel­ or con­tact Julie Lowe at 410-3102316 or [email protected]­


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.

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