Many Germantown Girl Scouts chose to spend Martin Luther King Day honoring and celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King’s life by following his example: making the world a better place through community service.
More than 50 Germantown Girl Scouts ages 7 to 49 gathered at the Knights of Pythias Lodge in Gaithersburg Jan. 21 to work on several service projects. The scouts crafted birthday gifts for homeless children who are in Montgomery County shelters, created warm winter hats for kids in New Jersey affected by Superstorm Sandy, sewed fleece pillows to be donated to kids who ride in local ambulances, fashioned comfort scarves for hospice patients across the country, and made flower bouquets for shut-in seniors in Montgomery County, according to Germantown event organizer Holly Solano.
They also designed dresses for girls in Africa, collected games for use in local shelters, and gathered food donations for Manna, Montgomery County’s central food bank. The service day was funded by donations from the Girl Scouts themselves, their troops, and area businesses.
“Both [Dr.]Martin Luther King and President [Barack] Obama asked us to commit to serving our communities. A day of service seemed like a fitting tribute to Martin Luther King and the inauguration celebration,” stated Solano in a release from the Germantown Girl Scouts.
Girl Scout Kelsa Villeneuve from Cadette Troop 2282 was very enthusiastic about the service opportunity.
“I am so glad we had this day and I got a chance to do something to help other people, she said. The pillow donations for ambulances was especially meaningful for Kelsa. “I understand why to do that. I had to ride in an ambulance recently when my family was in a car accident and it was really scary.”
Since it first became a national holiday twenty five years ago, the Girl Scouts have observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a day of community service, Solano stated in the release.