New Boston Girl Scouts help kids around the world through 'Operation Christmas Child'

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
New Boston Girl Scouts pack shoe boxes full of gifts for needy children around the world as part of Operation Christmas Child.

New Boston Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts worked together with the Samaritan’s Purse “Operation Christmas Child” program this month, to send shoeboxes full of gifts to girls, ages 10 to 14, in need in foreign countries.  Countries that Samaritan’s Purse has distributed to in the past include Uganda, Vietnam, Korea, Indonesia, and Brazil.

The Girl Scout troop asked for members of the community to “sponsor” a shoebox by sending a $32 donation, which gave the girls $25 to spend on gifts for the box and another $7 for shipping and tracking the box to its final destination.  

On Monday, Nov. 16, the troop, as well as four brave adults, went shopping for gifts to put in the boxes.  They purchased items such as washcloths and soap, perfumes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, jewelry, socks, candy, stuffed animals, paper and pens, colored pens, markers, headbands, chapsticks, nail polish, and hair brushes, plus many more.   

After the shopping trip, the girls returned to the Intermediate School and packed the boxes, to get them ready for shipping.  Several parents helped pack the boxes with them.

At the end of the day, the New Boston Juniors and Cadettes packed 36 boxes sponsored by members of the community.  The boxes were delivered to a drop location and are now on their way to needy girls around the world.  We will keep everyone updated once we find out where the shoeboxes ended up going.

The Girl Scouts would like to thank the people and community groups who helped this project by sponsoring a shoebox.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated!