Top - (L-R) Chezney Kanode, Kendyll Tomlinson and Brooklyn Oldehoeft enjoyed making special birthday party bags for Blue Valley Pantry.
Bottom- (L-R) Chezney Kanode, Kendyll Tomlinson and Brooklyn Oldehoeft with their completed birthday-in-a-bag project.
The Exeter-Milligan Girl Scout Troop 20703 enjoyed shopping for a family at Christmastime so much last year they wanted to do something to make a year round impact.
They also discovered that the Christmas lists were not going to be available this year and discussed several other service projects ideas. They found out there was a need for birthday party supplies. So the troop brainstormed about the essentials for a good birthday party, made their lists and decided on a budget for their service project.
The bags included cake mix, frosting, candles, birthday banner, plates, napkins, tablecloth, cake pan and birthday hat. They made bags for both girls and boys.
Together the troop shopped for the supplies, sticking to their budget, and assembled the bags at the Friend Library.
According to their leader, Kendra Oldehoeft, "The hardest part for the girls was stopping at just the items on the list- they really wanted to keep adding items to make the recipients happy- toys, greeting cards, birthday hats, etc.- but they did good refraining as they kept the budget in mind."
The troop recently co-hosted a fish fry with the Boy Scouts and used the proceeds from that event to fund their service project.
The look forward to making handprint turkey pictures to be included with Meals on Wheels deliveries around Thanksgiving.
The Blue Valley Pantry in Geneva have the bags available and will pass them out as needed.
Members of Troop 20703 are Chezney Kanode and Brooklyn Oldehoeft from Exeter and Kendyll Tomlinson of Friend.