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.
How it works
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 Nov. 4-12. Some dates and locations will vary depending upon which organization each Girl Scout Service Unit is supporting.
Girl Scout Service Units will partner with different organizations to fulfill items on the organizations' "wish lists." On Donation Day, Girl Scouts will take their donations to the organization they are supporting and also have an opportunity to visit and learn more about that organization. Contact your Service Unit for details and review the fliers below:
- Service Unit 213 (Cowley), serving American Legion Auxiliary
- Service Unit 401 (Wichita Northwest), serving the VA Medical Center
- Service Unit 402 (Sedgwick West), serving Dear Neighbor Ministries
- Service Unit 403 (Wichita West), serving ICT S.O.S.
- Service Unit - 405 (Harper, Kingman, Sumner Counties), serving Country Living Nursing Home in Anthony
- Service Unit 407 (Wichita East) Daisies/Brownies/Multi-level, serving Child Advocacy Center
- Service Unit 407 (Wichita East) Juniors/Multi-level, serving United Methodist Open Door shelter
- Service Unit 407 (Wichita East) Cadettes/Seniors/Ambassadors/Multi-level, serving Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center
- Service Unit 409 (Butler County West), serving Sunshine Children's Home
- Service Unit 411 (Sedgwick County North), serving the Kansas Food Bank
- Service Unit 412 (Butler East), serving the Butler County Animal Response Team
- Service Unit 418 (Harvey County), serving New Hope Shelter in Newton
- Juliette Girl Scouts, serving Toys for Tots
Click here to see photos from the 2016 Festival of Giving. Thank you to all of the Girl Scouts who exhibit leadership and service by taking the time to help their community!