GURNEE – Participating in Girl Scout Birthday Week (March 8-13), local Girl Scouts gathered together to make survival kits for area police officers, firefighters and senior citizens to show they care.
About 30 girls gathered to assemble 100 bags during the week-long celebration. On March 21, the Girl Scouts visited Gurnee Fire Station No. 1 on Old Grand Avenue, in Gurnee, to surprise firefighters with the survival kits.
Survival kits included: Life Savers (to remind firefighters of the many times they've been one); Starbursts (for a burst of energy); PayDays (because service isn't about money); paperclips (to hold it all together); Hershey Kisses (because firefighters deserve them); gum (to help the crew stick together); Tootsie Rolls (to roll with the punches); Peppermint Patties (to keep their cool); Snickers (for humor); and Mounds (for mounds of courage).
Girl Scouts of the USA celebrated its 104th birthday this year. Other activities included collecting supplies for area food pantries, with Warren Township being the primary beneficiary.
More than 55,400 girls and 21,400 adult members participate in Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana – in 245 communities in six Illinois counties (Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kankakee, Lake and Will) – along with four Indiana counties, according to the organization's website.
Visit www.girlscoutsgcnwi.org for more information.