Girl Scout Troop 2253 attended the March 5 Patterson City Council meeting, at which they were recognized by Mayor Luis Molina and the Senior Meals Task Force for their work on a canned vegetable drive. The girls and their families used most of their winter break and stood outside of SaveMart Supermarkets and raised more than $1,000 worth of canned vegetables, salad dressing, and other items to help local seniors at the Hammon Senior Center, due to budget cuts to the senior meals program.
The troop that includes scouts Jayliena Le’i, Princess Guzman, Alyssa Green, Maya Bearrup and leaders Ermelinda Flores-Bearrup, Mona Guzman and Roxann Le’i, has also cooked meals for Helping Others Sleep Tonight, also known as H.O.S.T.
The troop donated 100-year Girl Scout Build-A-Bears and read a story to a class at Patterson’s Child Development Center. They also shared their Girl Scout experience with fellow youth, while touring John’s Incredible Pizza in Modesto.
The girls donated to victims of various natural disasters via American Red Cross helping sister Girl Scouts affected by Hurricane Sandy. Locally, the troop attended Veterans Day and Memorial Day activities, purchased Christmas gifts for underprivileged youth, picked up trash at Patterson High School, attended the Hammon Senior Center Christmas Party, and participated in the MOMS Cub of Patterson Second Annual Patterson Children’s Fair.
Members of the troop also attended Girl Scout Sunday on March 10 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Troops 3898 and 170 pitch in
Angela Kraft is the Girl Scout Leader for Brownie/Junior Troop 3898 and Cadette Troop 170. Troop 3898. The older girls are planning a free anti-bullying event downtown on May 4, Saturday, with more details to follow.
The two local troops have helped plant trees at the past three Arbor Day events put on by the City of Patterson Beautification Committee. They have volunteered time and donations to the annual Christmas toy sorting at the Patterson Fire Department, including hosting the snacks for the event this past year. They have adopted families and senior citizens for Christmas gift giving, donated food to the local food pantry, and cleaned up the back patio at the Patterson Branch Library.
The girls have made cards for Operation Quiet Comfort; which honors military women and men who become sick or injured while serving in the military. The Girl Scouts also donated cookies to active military members, donated money to help the people of Japan when the tsunami hit, and they made paper cranes which were sent to Girl Scouts there as a symbol of solidarity and hope.
Locally, the Girl Scouts have donated $250 cash plus goods to Westside Animals for Adoption and hosted an Easter event for the senior citizens and their families at the Hammon Senior Center.
Girl Scouts in Troop 3898 are Alexis Allen, Mealiyah Bennet, Jerrica Cordova, Rose Cordova, Ayana Guardado, Cadence Kraft, Remi Lewis, Valisa Nash, Haley Skelson, Sophia Skelson, Jasmeir Smith and Angelina Valenzuela. Troop 170 Girl Scouts are Ariel Escobar, Natalie Kraft, Ruby Martinez, Analy Moreno and Stella Pena.