BROOKFIELD – Two local Girl Scouts decided to take action after two recent natural disasters, one on the other side of the world and the other close to home.
Lyons Township High School freshmen Anastasia Quercia and Elizabeth Strzelczyk of Brookfield’s Troop 58157 first decided to take action after a devastating typhoon hit the Philippines in November. They collected money on local streets and sent it to UNICEF to help children in the Philippines affected by the storm.
About a week later, after a deadly tornado hit Washington, Ill., Quercia and Strzelczyk were at it again. The girls spent two Saturdays raising money in Brookfield and La Grange and quickly wound up with $150, collected $1 or a single coin at a time.
“It’s important to actually know I can make a difference for someone in need,” Quercia said.
Quercia and Strzelczyk are exploring service projects to take up in the future.