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Monday, February 29, 2016

Local Girl Scouts Collecting Items to Benefit Welcome House

Girl Scout Troop 1130, at a past event. Provided.

Girl Scout Troop 1130 has partnered with the Fort Thomas Fire Department to collect items for Welcome House of Northern Kentucky—and they need your help.

Welcome House is a nonprofit organization that provides shelter and supportive services for Northern Kentuckians who are homeless or living in poverty. "Welcome House helps women find jobs [and] gives them support for interviewing," says Becky McIntosh, Troop 1130 Co-Leader. "They help women find affordable housing and help them get back on their feet. While the women are in the shelter [Welcome House] provides meals, clothing and toiletries. The women, in turn, help in the kitchen and help keep the shelter clean."

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McIntosh has worked for Welcome House in the past as a shelter nurse and continues to volunteer for them.

"The girls are very excited about this project and have been working on it since August," McIntosh says. "They saw a need to help others not as fortunate as they are."

Girls Scouts of Kentucky's Wilderness Road Troop 1130 is comprised of 5th grade students from Moyer Elementary and 6th-grade students from Highlands Middle School. The service project is to help them earn their Bronze Award.

"The Bronze Award is an opportunity for Junior Girl Scouts to plan and put into action a community service project," says Angela Aber, Troop 1130 Co-Leader. "When we started this journey our girls had all kinds of great ideas. Ultimately the girls chose something that hit close to home and that was helping women and children in need. We helped guide the process, but the girls have completed the work leading up to the big event." 

March 12, from 10am to 1pm, Troop 1130 will have a truck behind the Fort Thomas City Building (130 N. Fort Thomas Ave.) to collect donations. "Women's clothing is preferred, as well as kids of all sizes," McIntosh says. "Men's clothing, however, is accepted for the boys that may be bigger and can also be donated to the men's shelter. Toys are absolutely accepted ... all ages." The troop will also be collecting new toiletries, including toothbrushes, soap and feminine products.

For every donation, the Fort Thomas Fire Department will be providing batteries for smoke detectors and fire prevention information as a 'thank you.' "The idea behind partnering with the FTFD was to give something back to those who are giving to us," Aber says. "So when someone donates they will receive batteries for their smoke alarms. The girls came up with the slogan, 'Spring Into Cleaning.' Pretty fitting, I think."

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