Members of Girl Scout Troop 60459 stand with the birthday boxes they donated for area children in need. | Supplied Photo
Updated: January 31, 2013 6:03AM
Girl Scout troops 60217 and 60459 at Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Catholic School in Orland Hills recently donated two dozen boxes of birthday items to Together We Cope.
The boxes will be donated to area children in need and contain cake and frosting mixes; birthday candles, plates, napkins, a birthday banner and a handmade birthday card.
Scout leader Kerry Rost said that rather than ask parents for money to finance the birthday box project, her Scouts set up a booth at a garage sale at St. Julie Billiart church in Tinley Park and raised $300.
“The girls in both troops are dedicated to community service, and they take great pride in knowing that they are bringing happiness to others through their actions,” Rost said.
“For the past two years, my older troop has planted and harvested a garden and donated all the vegetables to Together We Cope. This was how they earned their Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award that a Cadette Girl Scout can earn.”
Together We Cope is a nonprofit organization based in Tinley Park that assists area families in temporary crisis through a food pantry, resale shop and financial assistance for things such as mortgage, rent and utility bills.
“Contributions like this from the Girl Scouts are a thoughtful and important gesture that allows us to continue in our mission of helping families,” said Kathryn Straniero, TWC executive director. “It is especially touching when children find ways to help other children in their community.”
Members of Girl Scout Troop 60459 include Meghan Mullin, Gianna Mazenko, Margaret Murphy, Grace Rost, Maryclare Leonard, Maeve Collins, Eve Moyar, Angela Grebenor, Ellie Marino, Dani O’Connell and Danielle Gentile.
Members of Girl Scout Troop 60217 include Nicole Todd, Kathleen Johnson, Alena Pedroza, Sydney Hellmann, Tori Quinlan, Grace Alles, Stephanie Gaspardo, Courtney Maloney, Kylie Adams, Katie Rost, Angelina Marino, Teagan Sopczak and Macy Sherwood.