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News Community Girl Scouts band together for community service project

Macon County Troop 30536 (L-R) Robin Villiard, Assistant Leader; Zee Keezer, Ezri Villiard, Emily Phillips, Holly Wanner and Tammy Keezer, Leader.‘Make the World a Better Place’ will benefit Goodwill and CareNet

Girl Scouts across the state are teaming up with Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina and local food banks in the state for the inaugural “Make the World a Better Place” community service project for the month of October.

According to Tammy Keezer, Service Unit Manager for Girl Scouts in Macon County, troops will be collecting items for the local Goodwill and have special permission to collect food items for CareNet. There are nine Girl Scout troops in Macon County, with an average total of about 120 members ranging in age from five to 17 years old. “It is a great opportunity for the girls to work within the community and to work toward gaining the ‘Make the World a Better Place’ patch at the end of the month,” said Keezer.

Keezer believes the service project will encourage girls to take the initiative to begin helping people in the community.

“Make the World a Better Place will teach the girls the value of volunteering for those who are less fortunate and how to give back to their community,” said Keezer. “Girl Scouts strives to teach girls how to discover, connect and take action. This event will help the girls discover that members of their community are needy and that there are agencies who can help. It will help them connect with other Girl Scouts as well as with agency personnel and those who may receive the donated items. And finally, it is an opportunity for them to take action by giving back to the community through collection of food and clothing.”

“‘Make the World a Better Place’ will teach the girls the value of volunteering for those who are less fortunate and how to give back to their community.” — Tammy Keezer, Service Unit Manager for Girl Scouts in Macon County

Girl Scouts troops statewide are collecting gently used clothing, toys, books and household goods to benefit Goodwill, as well as thousands of pounds of non-perishable food items. The goal of the community service project is to help feed individuals within the community who are hungry, and to assist those without jobs to get back on their feet. The service project is geared toward teaching Girl Scouts crucial life lessons while addressing the needs of their respective communities.

“This collaboration is exciting because it really goes fullcircle,” said Marcia Cole, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont. “Our Girl Scouts benefit as they gain individual leadership experience and personal growth to helping their local community. Goodwill and the food banks benefit as they anticipate a large response with record donations to help address the needs of today’s economy.”

With the current economic condition and unusually high unemployment rates, both Goodwill and the food banks need support from the community to replenish stock and aid those with the most need in their communities.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this event,” said Jaymie Eichron, vice president of marketing for Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina. “It is truly inspiring to see those young women and girls give of their time and resources to help others in their community.”

As a result of the collaboration, the food banks intend to reduce hunger and malnutrition. Goodwill will also use the proceeds from the sale of donated goods to continue to help people with barriers to employment get back to work.

Donations are accepted at all Goodwill attended donation center during hours of operation: Monday-Saturday 8-6 and Sunday 1-6. In Franklin, Goodwill donation center is at 205 441 Bypass and the store is located at 295 Westgate Plaza.


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