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Girl Perspectives: Making the World a Better Place (Molly)

July 17, 2017

As part of a new series, we’ll be sharing Girl Scout stories about how local girls are making the world a better place! 

Girl Scout Molly shares her passion for saving pollinators while earning her Girl Scout Gold Award.

What would you think if I told you that I am indirectly responsible for one-third of what you eat today.  Shocking, right?!

I started out as a Girl Scout Daisy while I was living in Florida. We moved to North Carolina 6 years ago, and I continued as a Girl Scout. I earned my Silver Award in 2013 and I am currently working on my Girl Scout Gold Award project.

Through my involvement in Girl Scouts, I have helped to make the world a better place by educating people about how important pollinators are in the world. Pollinators are directly or indirectly responsible for creating 30% to 80% of the food we eat every day. They pollinate plants that produce foods, such as, fruits, nuts, vegetables, coffee and grains. They also pollinate plants that are the food supply for various animals or animal products we consume or use. Lastly, they also are responsible for pollinating plants that produce products such as cotton which is used to make goods such as clothing.

I have helped educate people about pollinators through the use of educational booths at festivals and events throughout my community to include a beekeeper association’s annual Pollinator Day, the Pittsboro Street Fair, Sunshine Lavender Farm Day, Chatham County’s Agricultural Day, Girl Scout Day Camp, Silk Hope Farmer’s day, State Farmer’s Market Honey Bee Day and many other events. At the educational booths, I have an observation hive where people can view the bees up close and safely. Sometimes I also have live caterpillars and butterflies for people to view. Additionally, I have a sampling of various pollinator plants to demonstrate what people can plant in their yards to attract pollinators.

For my Girl Scout Silver Award, I created a pamphlet on this topic that is now distributed at small businesses and beekeepers associations in my area. My pamphlet was even featured at a local beekeepers association display at the North Carolina State Fair.

In conclusion, through Girl Scouting I have made a big difference in the world. I have gained new skills and enhanced others. These skills include leadership and courage which gave me the opportunity to meet new people. I feel through my work educating people on pollinators that I have left a lasting impression. I believe that those I have been in contact with are better educated about the importance of pollinators and the urgency of creating pollinator habits, in order to help stop their decline. I hope that through my brief remarks today that you too can help impact the pollinator population. I mean you all like to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, right?

A big thank you to Molly for sharing her awesome Girl Scout story! Join in sharing how your Girl Scouts are making the world a better place by submitting your story!

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Operation Cookie Drop 2017

June 26, 2017

Seymour

It’s more than a box of cookies. It’s a comforting and sweet taste of home that boost spirits and gives hope to those serving our country!

For the last 12 years, Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines has supported military men and women that could be stationed far from home through Operation Cookie Drop, a council-wide community service project that donates Girl Scout Cookies to our troops.

More than 900,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies have been donated since the start of the annual service project in 2006. Girls across central and eastern North Carolina receive donations through their local cookie sales – giving customers the opportunity to not only purchase America’s favorite cookie for themselves, but to also send a box (or more) to military personnel who appreciate a sweet reminder of home.

 

NCPacks

Local Girl Scouts donated and delivered Girl Scout Cookies to military personnel worldwide including U.S. Marine installation Cherry Point in Havelock, U.S. Army installation Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, NCPacks4Patriots in Ayden, USO of North Carolina at RDU Center, and the USO of NC, Jacksonville Center.

Through the 2017 Girl Scout Cookie program, girls collected donations for Operation Cookie Drop during Walkabout Week as well as during booth sales by using donation jars for spare change and creating fun posters and signs talking about this community service project to get the word out. 

Girl Scout 4

 

This year, girls delivered 1,400 cases of Girl Scout Cookies to Cherry Point, 1,700 cases to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, 1,868 cases to NCPacks4Patriots, 505 cases to USO in Jacksonville, 2,537 cases to Fort Bragg, and 260 cases to the USO at RDU.

 

Fort Bragg

Operation Cookie Drop represents more than just a sweet treat. The service project aims to show support, kindness, and hope to those serving our country.

“Girl Scout Cookies are a true reminder of our childhood. Everyone remembers selling cookies, helping your sister sell cookies, watching your mom and dad loading cookies, and helping with sales”, said Barbara Whitehead, director of NCPacks4Patriots, a local organization that supports military troops and families. “When you are far away from home, living in harsh conditions, even a small taste of home can help boost your morale.”

 Cherry Point

Girls who participate in Operation Cookie Drop deliveries experience first-hand how their hard work during the Cookie Program directly impacts military men and women and their families and see that one box of cookies can mean so much to those serving our county.

For information learn more on Operation Cookie Drop, visit our website at nccoastalpines.org.

 

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