It’s never too young to start giving back.
Members from the Junior Girl Scouts Troop 4208 in Jackson Heights, ages 10 and 11, got together on Saturday at St. Marks Church, at 33-50 82nd Street, to distribute handmade holiday food baskets. The girls also restocked the church’s food pantry with food collected by seven other Girl Scouts troops from their family, friends, and supporters, which will help the needy during the holiday season.
Working towards their Bronze Award, with the focus on fighting hunger in their community, 10 girls from Troop 4208 distributed the food baskets.
One week before Saturday’s event the group hosted a food drive event for all the Girl Scouts in the neighborhood, including six other troops, at the Community Methodist Church at 81-10 35th Avenue. About 75 girls attended the food drive which hoped to fill up the food pantry in time for the holidays.
The food collected was mostly donated by Girl Scouts and their friends and families, as well as from people in their buildings. The event collected six shopping carts full of food and made up 35 holiday baskets to give to families.