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Girl Scouts aid Salina Animal Shelter, earn Give Back Badge

Salina Troop 20908
Girl Scout Troop 20908 collected items for the Salina Animal Shelter to earn their Give Back Badge.

Girl Scout Brownie Troop 20908 took action to give back to their community during the annual Cookie Sale this year, earning their Give Back Badge in the process!

The girls in the troop love animals, so they wanted to do something to help the Salina Animal Shelter. They researched how animals end up in shelters, and the troop took a tour of the Salina Animal Shelter to learn how it operates, according to Troop Leader Melinda McNew. While at the shelter, the girls spoke with the facility manager, talked about wanting to give back, and found out what items the shelter was in need of.

The troop put their plan into action! The girls made signs to post with their Cookie Booth, and they also created handouts for customers listing the items needed.

"The girls worked really hard each weekend, not only selling cookies but collecting donations," McNew said. "As they asked their customers for donations, they also brought awareness to the shelter. Many people they spoke to didn't even know Salina had an animal shelter and that it is a 'no-kill' shelter."

The girls in Troop 20908 managed to collect enough items to fill up the back of a pickup truck. Each girl also made a cat toy for the shelter, and they tested out their creations before proudly delivering all of the items to the Salina Animal Shelter. Way to go, girls!