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The Gift of Girl Scout Cookies

Lily donated 26 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to the New Haven Food Bank.

Lily donated 26 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to the New Haven Food Bank.

Lily worked so hard this past cookie season. She worked the cookie booths with her troop and on her own every weekend. She exceeded her goal of 260 boxes by more than 100.

We also put out a donation box for people who wanted to support Lily and the Girl Scouts, but didn’t want to buy cookies for themselves. For each box of cookies donated to a local food bank, we would match that with a non-perishable food item.

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Lily picked out 49 non-perishable food items to donate to the New Haven Food Bank.

At the end of cookie season, there were 26 boxes to donate to the New Haven Food Bank. Lily picked out 49 items to donate. Lots of things most 7-year-olds would want to eat; mac ‘n cheese, pickles, fruit snacks, and ranch dressing, just to name a few!

The purpose of doing this was to teach Lily the importance of giving back to a community that has been so supportive of her. Family, friends, and complete strangers helped her not only reach her goal, but exceed it!

According to their website, the New Haven Food Bank served 1,652 in 2011. If anyone is interested in making a food or monetary donation, you can contact the Emanuel Lutheran Church office.

Lily has been asked to come back during Christmas break to see how her donations are used by the food bank and to help however she can. We’ll be taking some candy canes to pass out to spread some Christmas cheer!!

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Girl Scout Cookies Go on Sale

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The Girl Scout cookie sale begins today!

For the next two months (January 10-March 10), I will be hauling cookies with me everywhere I go.

Lily will have booth sales most weekends to help her troop. So, I will be chauffeuring her around to those places.

I’m really hoping our year of experience pays off. Lily has picked out prizes with some pretty lofty sales goals.

As long as she keeps working hard, I’m sure she will get a fold-up camping chair, one way or another.

Great Tree Canopy Comeback

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Girl Scout Daisies. Troop 20257.

Our Girl Scout troop was invited by the New Haven Parks & Recreation Dept to plant trees in Moser Park. With shovels in hand, and a little brother in tow, we went to the park.

Let’s just say that I was not prepared for the level of mud. (This is a recurring theme with our two most recent Girl Scout events.)

I think we assisted in planting 3-4 trees.

The following was information I found on the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Dept website:
11th Annual Great Tree Canopy Comeback, a grassroots movement to combat the critical loss of trees inFort Wayne. Our city and region is facing the devastation of the emerald ash borer; about one in four of our city street trees are ash and they will soon be gone.

More than 250 trees were planted across Allen County, and we got to be part of it!