I am a Cadette in Troop 32174 in the Piqua-Covington Service Unit. This project began because I wanted to do a service project for the community and work towards earning The Girl Scout Silver Award. The Silver Award is the highest award a Cadette can earn and the second highest award overall a Girl Scout can earn. In order to earn The Silver Award a Girl Scout Cadette needs to identify an issue in her community and work towards creating a self sustaining service project to help the issue. I had a lot of ideas and wanted to help a lot of causes. In the midst of planning, the pandemic happened and it became clear to me that people needed access to food and needed to be able to do it in a way that they wouldn’t feel embarrassed and could easily get what they needed quickly. I chose the idea of a blessing box because I felt it would be the best way to provide for this. People can get what they need and if others have a little extra that they don’t need they can share it with those who do. I also really loved the idea because it gives people an opportunity to help others. Sometimes people want to help but they don’t know where to start. A really kind lady found out what I was doing and sent me a donation in the mail to purchase food to get The Box started. I wanted to make sure I was able to get as much as I could so I learned how to compare prices and learned about meal planning.
The Box is great because it’s always open and people can use it whenever they need it. I had a lot of fun working on The Box and learned some new skills working with power tools, painting, working with concrete (it’s in the bottom of the flower pot) and I also enjoyed planting the flowers. I enjoyed working with my family who helped me learn these new skills. I’m excited to say that The Box is already being used by people and that people have dropped off donations. That’s important because in order for The Box to work we need kind people to share their extras. I hope people get as excited as I am about it. I hope people want to see it succeed like I do. Doing good things is contagious. I want to keep going with this project and build on it. My next step is to find a way that people can leave their extra vegetables from their garden for others. Thank you for allowing me to complete my service project. Thank you for believing in my idea.
HOW TO GIVE:
People who wish to donate canned or packaged food items, you may place them into the Blessing Box located at the Village Government Center. If you are in need any of these items, please help yourself.