This Halloween season, in honor of Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday, Girl Scouts from Middleboro organized Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat, a door-to-door food drive. This community service event is a tradition for the Middleboro Girl Scouts; they have participated for over 20 years!
Prior to the food collection, the girls distributed flyers around many Middleboro neighborhoods. The flyers were attached to bags that could be filled with nonperishable donations.
The day of the collection, girls from Brownie troops 69068 and 81308 put on their Halloween costumes (and their rain jackets!) and went door-to-door collecting nonperishable food items. Some awesome costumes include a princess, two Batgirls, a zombie bride, a Shopkin and a Super Brownie!
Despite the rain, the girls were determined to give back to their community. Even Girl Scouts who were unable to attend donated items prior to the event.
Additionally, community members were thrilled to help out. Many left bags outside or on their porches, and even more came outside to greet the girls. One woman handed the girls her bag of donations and told them, “I just have a small bag, but looking at all you have collected makes me feel happy. You can help so many people!” The girls learned that everyone has a role to play in helping others, and you can make a greater impact when you join together.
Later, Cadette troop 75115 and Senior/Ambassador troop 81302 sorted the donations; they removed any expired food items, and put aside low sodium products to be delivered to the elderly. They then sorted the remaining items into large boxes to be given to local food pantries—43 boxes in all! They donated 300 pounds of food to the Central Congregational Church Caring Center, and provided many boxes of donations to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Sacred Heart Food Pantry.
We are so proud of the Middleboro Girl Scouts for giving back to their community this Halloween and Founder’s Day! These girls embody courage, confidence and character, values Juliette Gordon Low promoted throughout her life.