KENNETT SQUARE—The pandemic has not deterred Local Girl Scouts from finding ways to serve their Community In addition to having virtual meetings and working on various badges, the Girl Scouts have been providing community service in a variety of appropriate avenues to help their neighbors.

Mariel Di Natale from Unionville High School Senior Troop 4711 has in conjunction with her fellow students at the Love to Sew Studio has sewn over 4000 masks that were distributed throughout the community, BrownieTroop 4348 from Unionville Elementary made masks, especially for Pocopson Home.

Junior Troop 4241 from Chadds Ford and Cadette Troop from Patton Middle made masks for Dupont Children's Hospital and organized a food drive to donate to KACS. Numerous other Girl Scout troops have written and drawn pictures and made Paper flower bouquets to send to those in Senior citizen facilities, organized food drives in their neighborhood, as well as, had a "clean-up "your neighborhood family events.

Some Girl Scout troops have made posters of Thanks and Encouragement for local health facilities. Suzy Knightly, the Cookie Manager for the Brandywine Valley Girl Scout Service Unit, and her two daughters managed to complete our Community Service Project "Operation Cookie Drop."

They packed and mailed thousands of cookies overseas to military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan and other areas where military personnel serve who do not have access to Girl Scout cookies. The cookies were donated by the Unionville-Chadds Ford and Kennett area community.

"Operation Hometown Heroes" was significantly expanded and Suzy Knightly. our Girl Scout heroine of this story delivered Girl Scouts Cookies to Chester County and Jennersville Hospitals, Pennsylvania State Police at Avondale Barracks, Longwood, Kennett, and Po Mar Lin Fire Companies, the Delaware National Guard, Kennet Friends home, Kendal-Crosslands Senior Communities. Local Post Office workers and other non-profit organizations were also recipients of Girl Scouts Cookies.

All the above activities were accomplished with social distancing and proper gear used! Karen D'Agusto, the Service Unit Manager for the Brandywine Valley Service Unit which provides the Girl Scout Experience to the school District of Kennett and Unionville School Districts is "extremely proud of the commitment and fortitude of Girl Scouts leaders and their Girls as they truly embody the Courage, Confidence, and Character of the Girl Scout Experience."

Pictures:

1. Paper Flowers made for Friends Home by Cadette Girl ScoutTroop 41536, Kennett Middle School!

2.. Employees from Jennersville Hospital display their Girl Scout cookies from Brandywine Valley Girl Scout Service Unit.

3... Suzi Knightly, Cookie Manager for the Brandwine Valley Girl Scout Service Unit and director of Operation Cookie Drop and Operation Hometown Heros, delivering Girl Scout cookies to Kendal-Crosslands Senior Communities.

4.. Food cupboard donation: Girl Scout Emma Marcotte is pictured with the bi-weekly food collections from Girl Scout Junior Troop 4241 (Chadds Ford elementary) and Girl Scout Cadette troop 4019 (Patton Middle)..

5. Longwood Fire company: The Longwood Fire Company was a recipient of the "Operation Hometown Heroes" Cookie Distribution.

6. Shelby Knightly, a Senior from Avongrove High School, Girl Scout Ambassador Troop 41824, packs the cookies into large cartons for "Operation Cookie Drop"-a service project of local Girl Scouts that send a little bit of home to military troops overseas.

7. Chester County Hospital staff appreciate Girl Scout Cookies!

8. The Delaware National Guard enjoy their Girl Scout Cookies!

9. Po Mar Lin fire Company receives cookies as part of the Operation Hometown Heros.

10. Jennerville Hospital appreciates the support of Girl Scouts

11 "Operation Hometown Heroes" recognizes Kennett Fire Company for their Service.

12."Operation Cookie Drop" successfully lands in Afghanistan.

13. Mariel DiNatale, from Unionville High School, Senior Girl Scout Troop 4711, makes thousands of masks, along with other LOVE to SEW Studio students,, for numerous local health care facilities!

14. Girl Scouts, twin sisters, Aeowyn and Brynna Smith, from Unionville Elementary Brownie Troop 4348, make masks specifically for Pocopson Home!

15. Suzi Knightly, Cookie Manager for the Brandwine Valley Girl Scout Service Unit and director of Operation Cookie Drop and Operation Hometown Heros, delivering Girl Scout cookies to Kendal-Crosslands Senior Communities.

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