The local Girl Scout district held a Christmas party and cookie sales kickoff on Saturday at Amron Lanes in Canfield. For the Canfield Girl Scout Troop, it was an opportunity to collect for their mission.
According to Troop leader Vicki Palmer, the 14 girls of Canfield Troop 80420 are participating in "Troop to Troop," a program where a Girl Scout Troop adopts a military troop overseas. The girls then send care packages and things that bring a little bit of home to those stationed in foreign lands.
The Canfield Troop adopted U.S. Army Unit 577EPBG stationed at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. They obtained a list of wanted items from the unit and have been busy collecting them. On Saturday, the ultimate opportunity arose when the 14 local Girl Scout troops gathered at Amron Lanes in Canfield for a Christmas party and cookie sale kick-off.
Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Peyton Munera and Abby Palmer, both members of Girl Scout Troop 80420 of Canfield, sign a large wall mural that will be sent to an Army troop serving in Afghanistan. The girls are participating in 'Troop to Troop,' a program where Scouts adopt a military troop and send care packages.
Troop 80420 members sent out their list and asked the over 100 girls attending the Saturday event to bring an item. The donations were brought and several storage bins began filling up, but the girls weren't yet done.
"Our contacts in the Army unit asked for a signed mural to hang at their base," Palmer said.
The girls obtained a large roll of paper and stretched it over a table. Each girl that showed up got the opportunity to sign it and send her thoughts to Unit 577.
The large mural and the collected goods will be sent before year's end and the girls will know the troop they adopted are in their thoughts.