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. 2-10. Some dates and locations will vary depending upon which organization each Girl Scout Service Unit is supporting.
Fill out the Festival of Giving Proposal form to select your own agency by Sept. 16 and register by Nov. 1 to participate on Donation Day (and receive a free patch). Older girls also have an opportunity to be a Green Teen volunteer and help unload donated items. Green Teens should contact their Service Unit leader to apply for this volunteer opportunity.
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.
Click here to see photos from past Festival of Givings. Thank you to all of the Girl Scouts who exhibit leadership and service by taking the time to help their community!