Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland gave back during the time-honored celebration of Festival of Giving. The annual community service tradition allows girls the opportunity to give back to their community by providing items on social service organizations’ wish lists.
This year, more than 1,500 Girl Scouts contributed by donating gifts and their time this November to social service organizations throughout our council's 80 counties.
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.
Agencies that benefited from the girls' work included: the Assistance League of Wichita, Valley Center Cares, the Wichita Children's Home, ARC, Aahn's Place, Hutchinson Animal Shelter, Bright House, Laundry of Love, Rice County Vets, Family Promise of Greater Wichita, ICT SOS, Warming Souls Homeless Shelter, Local and Kansas Food Banks, USO, Rebecca Morrison House, The Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Lindsborg and Marquette Senior Center and many others. Visit the Festival of Giving page to learn more about this long time tradition of service.