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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.


In 2015, members of Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland gave back in a BIG way! More than 2,000 Girl Scouts signed up to participate Nov. 21, 2015, in Festival of Giving. The girls gave their time and donations to numerous organizations, including: the Salvation Army, Kansas Humane Society, Toys for Tots, Ronald McDonald House, Starkey Inc., Arc of Sedgwick County, El Dorado Safe House, and fire and police departments in Kingman, Goddard and Harper.

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!