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Reno County Girl Scouts Give Back During Festival of Giving


By Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland


HUTCHINSON, KAN. — Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland will be donating gifts and their time from Friday, Nov. 3 to Sunday, Nov. 12, at numerous organizations across the 80 counties the Kansas Heartland council covers as part of our 73rd annual Festival of Giving.

More than 1,200 Girl Scouts participate in this annual community service tradition, which gives girls an opportunity to give back to their community by providing items on social service organizations’ wish lists.

Festival of Giving began in 1950 as the Doll Festival in Wichita where Girl Scout troops would dress dolls, place them on display during the festival and then distribute them to local and overseas agencies for children who might not receive Christmas presents. The event has since expanded to benefit organizations across the state.

“Making the world a better place is one of the foundations of Girl Scouts,” Jen Ashcraft, Chief Operating Officer said. “The Festival of Giving is a great way for youth to put that into practice while also earning steps towards badges in the areas of philanthropy and healthy living.”

Girl Scouts in Reno County are supporting BrightHouse by gathering items needed by the domestic violence shelter. Items included are clothes such as mittens, hats and scarves, necessities like shampoo, body wash, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and even kitchen and home supplies.

The Girl Scouts will be gathering their supplies to donate from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 4 and BirghtHouse (125 W 2nd STE B, Hutchinson, KS 67501). Families interested in joining or learning more about Girl Scouts are encouraged to come and see current Girl Scouts in action. There will also be Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland staff and an information table.

For questions, contact Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland at (888) 686-6468 or email [email protected].

Learn more about the Festival of Giving.