Just before Thanksgiving, we shipped out 894 blankets to the Girl Scouts of Connecticut to help not just our sister Girl Scouts stay warm, but to help them keep their communities warm. This past week, we received an update on how your blankets are being put to such great use!
I wanted to reach out and say thank you on behalf of GSOFCT for the wonderful gift of warmth that your Girls and volunteers provided to those affected by Hurricane Sandy here in CT. We have been busy working with our affected community organizations to distribute the blankets. As you will see below, we have encountered a huge need and responses of gratitude for not just the blankets, but also for the caring and the love expressed in the letters and notes from the Girls.
Our COO, Margaret Hansen Kaplan, has provided an update of our blanket outreach efforts below. Please send our love and sincerest thanks to all the Girl Scouts and volunteers at GSOFSOAZ who made this gift of caring a possibility in the CT communities that are very much in need right now as we recover from the storm. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and our best wishes to all for a wonderful Holiday Season.
Yours in Girl Scouting,
Mary (CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut)
Margaret writes: “We have had a great response to the blankets. Every group wanted more but we decided we wanted to spread the wealth instead of just a few large groups. The ones that went to the Lebanon Service center are for the southeast area. Letesha is working on giving them out by the Holiday. Volunteers have helped us deliver the blankets since some of the agencies have had trouble in picking up the blankets. The agencies’ blanket supplies were totally depleted by Hurricane Sandy. These
blankets were a wonderful gift to help people get through the cold weather.” Here is the accounting:
- Golden Hill United Methodist Church |50 Blankets
- Operation Hope | 50 Blankets
- Project Homeless Connect | 200 Blankets
- Center for Women and Families | 20 Blankets
- Homes for the Brave Veteran Center | 70 Blankets
- Prospect House | 100 Blankets
- Bridgeport Housing Authority | 50 blankets
- Cesar Batalla Family Resource Center | 50 Blankets
- Parent Center | 50 blankets
- Neon Norwalk | 50 blankets
- Lebanon Office | 100 blankets
Think of how many people you all have helped get through the winter! What a wonderful thing you girls did. Hopefully we will have pictures to show of your Girl Scout sisters distributing the blankets at a later date.