October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Girl Scout Troop #3614 of Smithfield, N.C., is doing their part to raise awareness about this issue.
On Saturday, October 26, members of the troop volunteered for their third year with Harbor of Johnston County’s Walk the Trail in Her Shoes event. As Johnston County’s only nonprofit agency serving victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and women in transition, Harbor hosts this annual fundraiser to sustain the programs and services it offers the community.
“It always feels great to participate in Harbor’s walk and know that we are supporting such a worthy cause. The girls love it and look forward to this event each year,” said Gina Grimes, leader of Girl Scout Troop #3614.
During this event, men slide into high heels and walk the gravel trail outside Johnston Health’s facility to help raise funding for the local, non-profit organization. Troop #3614 ushers participants to the starting line and cheers them on wth purple pom-poms as they complete their walk around the trail.
The local troop, which is part of the Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines council, first became involved when a board member from Harbor was invited to attend a troop meeting. There, she shared information about their agency and offered ways the girls could make a difference on this issues. As a result, the troop has participated in this event for three consecutive years and taken on additional projects to help support the cause.
The council would like to recongize Troop #3614 for their comment to their community and to the event. Way to go, Girl Scouts!