Our troop decided to joint the Backpack Brigade! We signed up to have 5 of our girls provide one backpack with supplies per the provided school supply lists for 5 children in need on our island of Kauai.
We were assigned 5 children and started the project on July 4th. Troop leader Teresa and troop volunteer Tamara went to Walmart and purchased $358.72 worth of supplies using troop funds which were raised through the 2016 cookie sales proceeds. Not all supplies were picked-up that day so they intended on going back at a later time.
However, some of our Girl Scouts and their families decided to purchase supplies on their own to contribute to the cause. Note that not all of them have photos that will be displayed here. So just because they don’t have photos, it doesn’t mean they didn’t contribute, okay? 🙂
Alexis did some shopping…
and this is what she provided…
And Jayda did some shopping, providing this…
We then met at our troop leaders home on Friday, July 15th to sort and organize all the supplies for each child. Unfortunately, Aleah was unable to be with us.
The whole process was an eye-opening experience. Children sure do need ALOT of supplies to start off the school year! And it costs ALOT!!
Yes, there was some frustration but even more so, a realization and greater appreciation to the effort that our mother’s have each had to put into preparing us for school all these past years! Labeling everything right down to each pencil and crayon is surely a tedious thing to do!
But in the end, after a few hours of dedicated time – we had it all packed up! $500 worth of school supplies for 5 wonderful children!
On Saturday, July 16th, Kaytlen had to run to the store one last time to pick-up a few more items that we were missing. Then, she went over to Kukui Grove with her mom who is our troop leader and they made the donation, on behalf of all of us, at the Backpack Brigade location at the mall.
We hope these 5 kids like what they got!
Not all of us were able to join Kaytlen because Kyla had to work, Aleah was up the mountains, and the rest of us had to dance with our dance company for the back to school bash at center stage in the mall.
Uncle Dennis Fujimoto did show up to get some photos of our donation and he featured us in the Garden Island Newspaper.