Girl Scouts donate to Youth Advocate Program of St. Lawrence County
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 7:37 am

The Youth Advocate Program of St. Lawrence County would like to thank local Girl Scout troops for the recent donation that they made to our local non-for-profit agency.

Five hundred and ninety-four Girl Scouts from sixty-six local troops and seven service units (representing Ogdensburg, Gouverneur, Lowville, Boonville, Potsdam, Norwood-Norfolk, Madrid Waddington, Parishville-Hopkington, Colton-Pierrepont, Massena, Brasher Falls, Raymondville, Edwards, Heuvelton and Hermon-Dekalb) collected items to be given to local kids who are entering into the foster care system. These bags were thoughtfully made and were done for boys and girls of various age groups.

The troops worked hard and made sixty-four duffel bags full of items to help make the transition to foster care a little less stressful. Each bag has a toothbrush set donated by Stacy Howlett from Sandstone Family Dentist, fabric bags to keep trinkets or other items donated from ARC Community Arts program, socks and underwear donated by CSEA Local 613 of SUNY Potsdam and items purchased from a two-hundred-dollar donation from St. Lawrence Masonic Charities. The Girl Scouts collected a surplus of items and were able to donate two large bags of personal hygiene items to be used by families in our program who are in need.

With the money donated the troops were able to purchase items to customize each bag a little. The bags include blankets, hats, gloves/mittens, entertainment items such as coloring books and puzzles, stuffed animals, nail polish and different age specific items.

The Youth Advocate Program has already made use of almost a dozen of these bags and they have been a help in a tough time for the kids who received them. It is very encouraging it is to see a group of kids come together to help peers who are in need. The Youth Advocate Program would like to sincerely thank everyone who helped with this project.

Shannon TeRiele

Youth Advocate Program, administrative manager