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Loveland Girl Scouts give back this holiday season

Submitted by Emily Prehm

Northern & Northeastern CO

Loveland

Girl Scout Junior Troop 71020 helped select and wrap gifts for Santa Cops of Larimer County. The gifts will be delivered by law enforcement to low-resource families this holiday season. The troop has been volunteering with Santa Cops for the past four years.

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Pikes Peak area Girl Scouts help victims of Black Forest Fire

It is very heartwarming seeing the difference Colorado Girl Scouts make in their communities, especially during the holidays.

Right after Thanksgiving, Girl Scouts of Colorado received a very nice note from a recipient of a Thanksgiving food basket. This individual had lost their home during the Black Forest Fire, and was touched to learn through a little note in their basket that the bread had been baked by local Girl Scouts.

After digging a little further on this story, I found out that this is a service project that the Girl Scouts in the Pikes Peak area have done for more than 16 years! This year Girl Scout Ambassador Troop 3740 baked the bread, which was given to Tri-Lake Cares for their holiday food baskets for those in need. Recently on Dec. 8th, the troop of 20 girls, who are from five different high schools in Monument and the Colorado Springs area, baked 60 loaves of homemade yeast bread for the food baskets for Christmas. This troop has  baked bread every Thanksgiving and Christmas for more than six years.

Their troop leader, Cindy Petersen, asked the girls what Girl Scouts meant to them during the baking party on Sunday, here are some of their responses:

  • Girl Scouts is your family away from your biological family that you love to get together with!
  • Girl Scouts is a safe place where you can ask for advice and guidance.
  • Girl Scouts is where we do amazing things within our community to help others.
  • Girls Scouts has given me many life skills which I will take into my adult life, like great leadership skills.
  • Girl Scouts helped me get my first job.
  • Girl Scouts is great to have on your college applications.
  • Girl Scouts has given me more confidence to try new things.
  • Girl Scouts has given me lots of sisters to have fun with!

Nice work to Troop 3740 on carrying on a tradition of meaningful Girl Scout service to the community!

Story on this project in Fresh Ink/Colorado Springs Gazette

Brighton Troop hosts Christmas Party and Toy Drive

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Submitted by Lisa Dunbar
Brighton

Brighton Girl Scout Troop 50458 Hosted
Harpers Ferry Service Unit
2nd Annual
Christmas Party & Toy Drive
With the Jolly ole’ man, Santa.

Troop 50458, a combination of Cadettes and Senior Girl Scouts, had seen a need to help out children during Christmas. The thought that many kids during Christmas would not wake up with a present under the tree, the girls wanted to make sure they could help out as many as they can, so why not ask our fellow Girl Scout Sisters to help out. So that is what they did. They contacted the City Of Brighton to help these kids in need. Came up the idea that they could host a Christmas Party and ask everyone who attended to bring an unwrapped toy for children of the ages 8-13 years of age for both girls and boys.

Each Girl Scout enjoyed playing a life size game of, Girl Scout Cookie Land, a remake of the famous Candy Land. Two crafts, “God’s eye” and snowflakes that were made with recycled paper.

At the end of the night, 180 Girl Scouts and family member attended the event with 220 toys donated to the City Of Brighton. On February 5, 2013 the Troop was given “Certificate Of Appreciation” by the City of Brighton for their willingness to help out The Brighton Employee Charities Committee for helping those in our community.

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Girl Scouts serve at Capitol Tree event in La Junta!

Written by Donna DeVries-Hestand, Membership Manager of Girl Scouts of Colorado

Girls from four troops from Rocky Ford, LaJunta and Lamar helped serve the attendees of the Capitol Tree event with samples of Girl Scout cookies. Several hundred people gathered in the cold evening air to view the People’s Tree, sing Christmas carols, watch the Koshare Indian Dancers, drink hot chocolate, eat cookies and visit with Santa. The drivers of the 14 vehicle caravan were given boxes of cookies to take with them as a thank you.

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree event in Denver brings holiday cheer!

Written by Jordan Alvillar, Marketing Coordinator for Girl Scouts of Colorado

On Sunday, November 11, I had the opportunity to attend the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree event in Denver. Before I begin to tell you what a fantastic time I had, let me give you a background on this event and why it’s so special:

According to the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree website (www.capitolchristmastree2012.org), for nearly five decades, the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree has been selected from a National Forest to be presented to the American people. Also known as the “People’s Tree”, the tree that is chosen will be placed on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. This year, the tree that was selected came from the White River National Forest from the Blanco Ranger District near Meeker, Colorado. This tree will visit dozens of cities across the country, where the public can make homemade ornaments to send along with the tree and sign the travel banner. This impressive Engelmann Spruce stands at 73 ft. tall and is 74 years old.

The fact that the tree came from a Colorado national forest was what made this event so meaningful for me. Though I’m always proud to be a Colorado native, this event really made it stick. Let’s be honest: Colorado has had a rough year. Between the summer fires and other devastating events, it has been a somber time for many. What an honor it is for our state to provide the American people with such a beautiful gift! While at this event, I was bombarded with a many emotions: pride, honor and thankfulness.

A wonderful time was had by many! I watched as Girl Scouts and other children participated in making ornaments for the tree depicting this year’s theme, ‘Celebrating Our Great Outdoors.’ Youth age 5-19 who submit ornaments could be entered to win a trip to Washington, D.C. to light the tree with House Speaker John Boehner in early December. The public were invited to visit multiple booths at the event, which included donations stations for Hurricane Sandy victims and Toys for Tots. I also beamed with pride while Girl Scout troops passed out hot chocolate, Girl Scout cookies and led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Among special guests were Governor John Hickenlooper, U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, U.S. Senator Mark Udall and Miss Colorado Hannah Porter. I would also like to add that I got to catch up with Santa Claus and Smokey the Bear!

Even with such a difficult year behind us, the citizens of Colorado never cease to amaze me. Whether it’s donating time to a cause or someone in need, Coloradans really know how to show they care. The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree event was a fantastic way to show Colorado pride and look forward to the better things ahead while also remembering our struggles this past year.

Take a look at our Flickr album to see what else went on at the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree event in Denver!

Colorado Girl Scouts create tree skirts for Washington, D.C.’s Christmas

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Steamboat Tree Skirt Photos

More photos/stories of this project on our blog

Girl Scouts of Colorado is honored to be chosen to participate in the 2012 Washington, D.C. Capitol Christmas Tree project! Girl Scouts from throughout the state have been hard at work over the last few weeks making 70 tree skirts for the companion trees that will be delivered to Washington, D.C. dignitaries, the Interior Department and Congressional Delegates for the holiday season.

This year the Christmas Trees for the Capitol in Washington, D.C. will be coming from the White River National Forest, Blanco Ranger District, in Meeker, Colo. For more information, visit www.capitolchristmastree2012.com.

Western Slope Girl Scouts make shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child

From Troop Leader Shelley Givens-Boudreaux

Western Slope Girl Scout Troop 4384 decided to join in with Samaritan’s Purse and put together shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Not only did each of our girls make their own shoeboxes, but they also encouraged their siblings to get involved and make some too! Our wonderful girls delivered more than 25 shoeboxes to an Operation Christmas Child drop-off at the Clifton Christian Church yesterday, Nov. 21st. Their efforts were even recognized by local radio station KJOL radio (91.9 or 99.5) this morning, Nov. 22nd! We are very proud of our girls and their big hearts. They were able to embrace the gift of giving and share Christmas love to children around the world.