Thursday, December 1, 2011

California Girl Scouts Send American Troops in Afghanistan Holiday Cheer!

Jennifer van der Kleut of California's Milpitas Patch reports that the holidays will be a little bit brighter this year for a group of American troops stationed in Afghanistan, thanks to the Milpitas Girl Scouts.

Monday marked the eighth annual Milpitas Girl Scout "Operation Holiday Cards" sorting and packing party, which took place at Mount Olive Lutheran Church. Milpitas Girl Scouts of all ages - from the "Daisies" in kindergarten and first grade, all the way up to adult Girl Scouts - gathered at the church to pack boxes to send to troops in Afghanistan, filled with original holiday cards hand-made by Girl Scouts from all over northern California, as well as more than 500 pieces of donated Halloween candy, Ghirardelli hot chocolate mix, Girl Scout cookies and nuts. A total of 36 boxes were filled.

During the sorting and packing party, the girls and their families bundled piles of cards by size and type, and tied them with traditional yellow ribbons, which symbolize support for American troops fighting overseas. More than 4,000 cards were collected this year.

Also included in each box was a letter explaining the girl scouts' service project, which read:

“Our hope is to bring some cheer from 'home' to help brighten up the holidays for those serving their country. We’ve also included some candy goodie bags, made mostly from donated Halloween candy to sweeten your holidays, and Girl Scout nuts, candy, and/or cookies which will help you remember that Girl Scouts are thinking of you every day.”

As a finishing touch, Santa hats were also added to the boxes so that each service member can play Santa by handing out what was sent to them, to others.

The holidays bring out the best in people who want to share with others. What special activities do Girl Scouts in your community participate in to lift the spirits of others during the holiday season?