Festival Of Giving
Festival of Giving began in 1950 as the Doll Festival in Wichita. Girl Scout troops would dress dolls and place them on display at the festival. Following the festival, the dolls were distributed to local and overseas agencies for children who might not receive Christmas presents.
Carrying on the tradition
This annual community service event continues today and is designed to give Girl Scouts an opportunity to make a difference in their community. More than 500 Girl Scout troops participate each year in the Festival of Giving season, providing needed items for numerous social service organizations in counties across south-central Kansas.
During Festival of Giving, Girl Scouts give their time and donations to numerous social service organizations. This year, Festival of Giving Donation Day will take place on Saturday, November 12. Register by Nov. 7 to participate on Donation Day (and receive a free patch), or older girls may register as a Green Teen volunteer to help unload donations at organizations on Donation Day.
How it works
Girl Scout Service Units will be assigned an organization, and receive the time and location where to take donations for Festival of Giving Donation Day on Saturday, Nov. 12. Contact your Service Unit for details, including organization wish lists, and see below.
Service Unit 401, 411 (Wichita Northwest, Sedgwick North) - Wichita Children's Home, 1 - 3 p.m.
Service Unit 402 (Sedgwick West) & Juliette Girl Scouts - Kansas Food Bank, Wichita, 10 a.m. to noon
Service Unit 404 (Sedgwick Southeast) - The Arc of
Sedgwick County, Wichita
Service Unit 405 (Sumner) - Golden Living Center, Wellington, 1 - 3 p.m.
Service Unit 405 (Harper) - Heritage Estates Assisted Living, Harper, 2 - 3 p.m.
Service Unit 405 (Kingman) - Wheatlands Health
Center, Kingman, 1 - 3 p.m.
Service Unit 407 (Wichita East) - Guadalupe
Clinic, Wichita, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Service Unit 409, 412 (Butler County East & West) - Family Life Center Safe House, 1 - 3 p.m.
Service Unit 416 (Reno) - Waldron Place Assisted
Living, Hutchinson, 1 - 3 p.m.
Service Unit 418 (Harvey) - Harvey County Homeless Shelter, 1 to 3 p.m.
Click here to see photos from the 2015 Festival of Giving. Thank you to all of the Girl Scouts who exhibit leadership and service by taking the time to help their community!