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Festival Of Giving

A brief history

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.


The 2015 Festival of Giving Donation Day will be Saturday, Nov. 21. On that day, from 1 to 3 p.m., Girl Scouts can drop off donated items at the agencies listed below. Agency wish lists and fliers will be distributed to Service Units and posted on this page when they become available. New this year: The free 2015 Festival of Giving patch for those who participate!

* Service Unit 401 (Wichita NW) — Ronald McDonald House
* Service Units 402, 405 (Harper, Kingman, Sumner and Sedgwick West) — Fire and police stations. Check with your Service Unit to see which ones are participating.
* Service Units 403, 410 (Wichita North, Wichita West) — Starkey
* Service Units 404, 406 (Sedgwick Southeast, Sedgwick Southwest) — Kansas Humane Society
* Service Unit 407 (Wichita East) — Arc of Sedgwick County
* Service Units 409, 412 (Butler East, Butler West) — El Dorado Safe House
* Service Units 411, 418, 416 (Sedgwick North, Harvey, Reno) — Salvation Army

Click here to see photos from the 2014 Festival of Giving. Thank you to all of the Girl Scouts who exhibit leadership and service by taking the time to help their community!