One of the many things we know and appreciate about our Girl Scout members is this: if someone is in need of assistance, help, or support, our girls and volunteers are always the first to take the lead in reaching out. From donated item drives to letter writing campaigns to volunteer efforts, the Girl Scout community is out in full force helping storm victims and their families.
The thoughtfulness and determination of our Girl Scouts to help those impacted by Hurricane Matthew is inspiring and incredibly moving. Thank you to all who have reached out with suggestions and contributed to the relief efforts needed across our state.
However, we know that the efforts to recover and rebuild are just beginning, and we can and will do more. Below are a few relief efforts our girl and adult members can take part in to help those impacted by the storm.
Hygiene and Everyday Item Drive
Due to Hurricane Matthew, many families are without basic necessities such as toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, and toilet paper. To assist, the council will be collecting donations of everyday items that will be distributed to those in need by local organizations on the ground serving impacted areas. All four of our service centers (Fayetteville, Goldsboro, Raleigh, and Wilmington) will serve as drop-off sites through November 11. See our donation-drive flyer for a list of suggested items and drop-off locations.
Cards of Hope - Send Your Support
Additionally, girl and adult members are encouraged to write letters and cards with wishes of support and messages of hope to be donated alongside our hygiene and everyday items. Cards will be accepted through November 11 at all four service centers. Cards can also be mailed to the Raleigh Service Center at:
Girl Scouts - North Carolina Coastal Pines
c/o Cards of Hope
6901 Pinecrest Road
Raleigh, NC 27613
Take the Girl Scout Sisterhood Pledge and Donate
Many of our Girl Scout families have lost their homes, cherished possessions, and even their Girl Scout uniforms, badges, and books. To help our girls continue their journey of becoming courageous and confident leaders, Girl Scouts and their families, neighbors, and friends can take the Girl Scout Sisterhood Pledge. Taking the pledge includes affirming to uphold the Girl Scout Promise and Law and donating much-needed funds to support girls in their Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
Donations will be accepted online and will go directly towards supplying Girl Scout troops with new books, uniforms, and supplies as well as providing financial assistance for membership and events.
With so many losing so much, we are encouraging all our girls to join our #GirlScoutsGive community-service campaign. During the months of October and November, we challenge every girl/troop to find a way to contribute to the disaster relief efforts supporting our affected communities.
Looking for community service project ideas? Here are a few ways local girls and troops are engaging in relief efforts right now!
- Girl Scouts in Scotland, Pender, and Pitt counties are coordinating and hosting donation drives for food, clothes, household supplies, and more.
- A Girl Scout troop in Pitt County prepared and delivered meals to first responders at their local 911 call station.
As our girls take the lead in giving back through service, please share your local relief efforts with the council so we can support and cheer on our girls as they make a difference in their local communities.
Additionally, as you consider your community service project, we encourage you to take inspiration from your fellow Girl Scouts as well as connect and partner with organizations such as the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army. These organizations are on the ground providing shelter, food, and much-needed supplies. You can visit their websites to learn more about their relief efforts and how you can contribute.
Together, we'll show how Girl Scouts are taking the lead in supporting our local communities and building a better world for us all.