Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Eastern Missouri Girl Scouts Aim to Collect One-Million Personal Care Items

One-Million is a huge number, but according to The St. Louis Globe-Democrat, local Girl Scouts plan to collect more than one million personal care items for local families and individuals in need during Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s 13th annual April Showers Personal Care Item Drive. For three days – April 9, 10 and 11 – Girl Scout troops will be delivering bright green April Showers bags to area homes. On Saturday, April 17, Girl Scouts will return to collect the bags filled with new, unused personal care items. Individuals who miss the collection day or wish to contribute additional items may deliver these to any Dierbergs Market in Missouri April 15 through May 1. Needed items include soap, shampoo, toilet paper, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, feminine hygiene products, facial tissue, disposable diapers, baby wipes and first aid supplies. Marcia Barber, CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri said:
“Try to imagine what life would be like without toilet paper, shampoo and
toothbrushes... These items are important not only for cleanliness and good
health, but for positive self-esteem and a sense of well being. And these items
cannot be purchased with food stamps.”
Girl Scouts’ April Showers program provides 99 percent of all personal care items distributed in our region, according to Operation Food Search. If you are in Eastern Missouri and wish to participate - definitely go
here for more information. Are there similar drives held in your communities? Let us know.