Girl Scout Service Unit 646 serving Florence, Timmonsville, Olanta, and Pamplico completed their first community-wide service projects for 2013-2014. The service program called "STARS" (Scouts Taking Action and Reusing Stuff) focuses on collecting existing materials and discovering new uses for it. This is the first year for the STARS program in the area.
Their first project was a coat drive which ran for the month of October. Girl Scout troops placed collection boxes around town in schools, churches, car dealerships, salons, restaurants, and other businesses. When the collection ended, troops sorted the collected coats by adult or child and by gender.
All coats were donated to the Pee Dee Coalition Shelter. The shelter serves women and children escaping sexual assault, domestic violence, and/or child abuse. Girl Scout Service Unit 646 is proud to have made a difference to the shelter in the month of October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Nine troops in the service unit collected 260 coats for donation. 67 coats were for girls, 56 coats were for boys, and 137 were for adults. The coat drive was a success and came at just the right time since the weather has turned much colder.
Girl Scout Service Unit 646 looks forward to making this project an annual event and collecting even more coats. The Girl Scouts would like to thank The UPS Store on West Palmetto and Morningstar Mini-Storage (now Public Storage) on Second Loop for the donations of boxes and the local businesses which particpated by being a drop off location.
Their second project will be In April when the Florence area Girl Scouts will hold a "Spring Clean Your Cupboards" food drive.
Their third project will be In May. The Girl Scouts will collect new and gently used school supplies for the following school year.
Cadette LaShauna from Troop 234 Cadette JaNyah from Troop 234
Cadette Kamryn from Troop 234
submitted by Amanda Haggerty, Coat Drive Coordinator