Kansas Girl Scouts gave back in a BIG way during Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland's annual Festival of Giving! The girls donated gifts and also their time on Saturday, Nov. 12 at numerous organizations across south-central Kansas.
Nearly 1,500 Girl Scouts and counting participated in this annual community service tradition, which gives girls an opportunity to give back to their community by providing items on social service organizations’ wish lists.
Festival of Giving began in 1950 as the Doll Festival in Wichita, where Girl Scout troops would dress dolls, place them on display during the festival, and then distribute them to local and overseas agencies for children who might not receive Christmas presents. The event has since expanded to benefit organizations in counties across south-central Kansas, including Sedgwick, Butler, Reno, Harvey, Sumner, Kingman and Harper counties.
Organizations benefiting from Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland’s 2016 Festival of Giving include the following: Wichita Children’s Home, Kansas Food Bank, Kansas Humane Society, The Arc of Sedgwick County, Botkin Care and Rehab Center in Wellington, Heritage Estates Assisted Living in Harper, Wheatlands Health Care Center in Kingman, Guadalupe Clinic in Wichita, Family Life Center of Butler County - Safehouse, Waldron Place Assisted Living in Hutchinson, and the Harvey County Homeless Shelter. Go to the Festival of Giving page to learn more about this longtime tradition of service.