Girl Scouts donate purses

Girl Scouts from Troop 8113 purchased and donated purses to the Perry County Job & Family Services for women in need. The purses were filled with personal hygiene items.

NEW LEXINGTON — Around this time of year most Girl Scouts are thinking about selling mountains of boxes of Thin Mints and those ever so beloved coconut and chocolate Samoas, but Troop 8113 had a different mission!

Around Christmas the girls decided they wanted to do something to give back to area women in need. So, they purchased gently used purses and filled them with personal care items. The girls picked items that ladies use on a daily basis like a hairbrush, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush and other related hygiene products.

“It’s important to help our girls understand how fortunate they are and the unique challenges that other individuals face on a daily basis for what we consider simple daily needs,” Troop co-leader Sandy Jackson said.

Troop Leader Kendra McCray reached out to Perry County Job & Family Services at the first of the year and explained the project and asked if they could donate these thoughtfully filled purses.

“We would be more than happy to accept donations for our clients that may need these items. We can’t thank you enough for your consideration, it’s truly a great thing to see young women giving to other women in need,” stated Angela McCord, Perry County JFS.

The girls loved putting the purses together, Leini a fourth grader said, “It felt good to give those things to people who really needed them.”

The project showed the girls how much the items we use each day cost and how they can give back to women in our community who don’t have the means to purchase them.

“It was really fun to do something for my community and help the ladies,” said Elayna, grade five.

Kesley, a third grader said, “I was happy to help someone in need!”

“Supporting the local community is a major part of being a girl scout and these girls are learning each year how they can help make our community stronger,” said McCray.

“We are fortunate to have partners who want to enhance human dignity by providing necessities that are not covered by government supports,” remarked Perry JFS Director Cheryl Boley.

If you or someone you know is in need of personal care products, call or visit Perry County Job & Family Services, 212 South Main Street, New Lexington, or call Angela McCord at 740-721-0676.

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