Submitted by Anne Oberg
After a lot of discussion about the needs in our community, the Girl Scouts of Junior Troop 2021 decided they would like to support There with Care in Boulder with one of their projects. There with Care helps families and children facing critical illness.
When we contacted There with Care, and asked how the girls could help, their wonderful Volunteer Director, Jodee Spalding filled us in on their awesome volunteer program, and asked if the girls would like to make I Spy Busy Bags for sick children, and their families. The girls not only helped make the bags, but they also made dream catchers, and light catchers to sell at a craft sale to raise the funds for some of the supplies needed, and also to create awareness for There with Care. There with Care also included a picture of three of the girls with the I Spy Bags in one of their campaign emails.
The girls were given a tour of all operations including the office, and the warehouse. The warehouse stored a wide range of items including Baby Care Bags, laundry detergent, toilet paper, house cleaning supplies, and now, I Spy Busy Bags. The I Spy Busy Bags are bags made out of fleece that have a clear vinyl window. The girls filled each one with various objects that can be found around the house, and rice. They printed out the items that they put in each bag, and that sheet goes along with the bag so the recipient can search for each item.
The volunteer that gave the girls the tours, and worked with them making the I Spy Bags, also taught the girls the importance of confidentiality regarding the privacy of their clients. They also talked to them about how to talk to other children, and adults that are critically ill, because sometimes it can be a little uncomfortable, and there are some things that are better to say than others. For instance, if you have a friend with cancer, and she¹s lost her hair, and wears a hat, you can say, “hey, I like your hat,” and not worry about saying something about her illness. The girls learned a great deal during their visit, and created a meaningful gift that brings cheer to a family facing a challenging time.
The girls feel they honored the Girl Scout Promise, and law in several ways. They used resources wisely by using items for the bags that they found around the house. They were responsible for what they said and did by keeping the confidentiality of the clients at There with Care, and they were considerate and caring by volunteering to help There with Care, and families in need. And, without a doubt, THEY MADE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE!!
The girls are looking forward to continuing to support There with Care, and we would all highly recommend their volunteer program to any individuals, and troops interested in doing the same. For more information, please visit their website: http://therewithcare.org