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3 Ways You Can Make A Difference On #GivingTuesday

November 20, 2014

By Emily Hill, Director of Individual Giving

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Did you know that Tuesday, December 2, 2014, is #GivingTuesday – a global initiative dedicated to giving back? It’s true! Each year, on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give back.

We are thrilled to announce that this is the first year that Girl Scouts—North Carolina Coastal Pines is participating in this cool event! We think it’s an exciting opportunity to showcase that here at Girl Scouts, every day is #GivingTuesday.

As a Girl Scout —or loved one of a Girl Scout—you know that everyday our girls are building courage, confidence and character so they can give back and make the world a better place. The principals of #GivingTuesday are found right in our Girl Scout Promise and Law! So when we heard about #GivingTuesday, we jumped at the chance to be a part of this global celebration of a new tradition of generosity! Won’t you join us?

There are so many ways you – and your troop – can get involved:

  • Share the giving spirit! Plan a Girl Scout service project for your school or community – and share with others the great way it feels to give back! And when you’re done, upload your #unselfie to Facebook or Twitter and share what you did on #GivingTuesday. Or share how you gave back this year, and we’ll retweet it on December 2nd.
  • Follow! Tweet! Post! We’ll be all over our social platforms that day, sharing the giving spirit of our girls. Join in the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and get your family, friends, and fellow Girl Scouts in on the action! You can even help Girl Scouts win $10,000 in funding through the #GSKImpact Award! The more retweets we get that day, the more likely we are to win the award, which will support our new program vehicle.
  • Invest in girls! Nonprofit organizations like Girl Scouts rely on the generous investment of our community members. Join the individuals, local business, and foundations that believe in our mission of building our girls into strong leaders and citizens by making your tax-deductible donation on December 2. Your gift to Girl Scouts—North Carolina Coastal Pines on #GivingTuesday means our girls can keep giving back all year long. Make your gift by clicking here.

No matter what way you participate on #GivingTuesday, be sure to speak up about it! Tell everyone why you support our #GivingTuesday campaign. Ask your friends to join you in this day of giving. With hundreds of service projects across 41 counties in central and eastern North Carolina, Girl Scouts are making a difference every day in our community. On December 2, help us spread this message.

#GivingTuesday? Not even close! #GirlScoutsGiveEveryday!!!

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Hard Work Pays Off: My Week in Hollywood!

November 18, 2014

By: Juliana M., Girl Scout Senior – Troop #49

Thanks to Girl Scouts-NC Coastal Pines and my amazing parents I spent a week in Los Angeles this summer at the Hollywood Dreamin’ Girl Scouts’ destinations program. This was a program for Girl Scouts interested in filmmaking. In one week we put together a short film AND made friends for a lifetime!

Day 1 Arrival:

I flew by myself for the first time from RDU to LAX. I was feeling many different emotions. I felt nervous, yet so excited. After a short flight across the country, I landed in LAX. I got off the plane and navigated myself around pretty easily. Soon after I landed I found my instructors. They were so welcoming and incredibly nice! After a couple of hours all the girls had arrived. We all got along so well and I could tell this was going to be the best week of my life!

Day 2 Studio Tour:

Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines Girl Scout takes a movie studio tourWe woke up bright and early with an exciting day ahead – a tour of Warner Brothers Studio! We couldn’t contain our excitement as we piled into two cars and headed out. This was my favorite day because not only did we visit the sets of Ellen DeGeneres, The Fosters, F.R.I.E.N.D.S and more. I also got to know the girls a lot better. We had so much fun visiting and taking picture on the sets!

Day 3/4/5 Write it, Film it, and Edit it:

Girl Scouts - NC Coastal Pines Girl Scout filming a sceneThese three days were busy, busy, busy! We had to write our script, shop for the props, and film in just two days. We all worked together so well and worked so hard! The filming day was jam-packed. We met the amazing actors, set up the props and started to film. Eleven hours later we were finally finished! After a nice sleep, Day 5 came around and we had to edit the whole day. It took such a long time, but it paid of in the end. Later that night we got together with popcorn and premiered our two movies. They were both so amazing and we were so proud. Hard work pays off.

Day 6 Saying Goodbye:

This day had to be the hardest day of them all. We had become so close and saying goodbye was difficult! We all left LAX at different times so we got up bright and early to say goodbye. I made so many amazing friends this trip and plan on visiting some of them soon. Thanks, Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines for making my Hollywood dream happen.

If you are looking for a great travel experience, a Girl Scout destinations program may be the trip for you!

Click here to learn more about travel opportunities with our council and beyond!

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