Girl Scout Troop No. 1312 Raises $700 for the MGMF!

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Girl Scout Troop No. 1312:  Allyson Brahler, Robin Olesinski, Maggie Salek, Gillian Morrissey, Sarah Haney, Kelly O'Mara, Natalie Stanziano and Morgan Stubbendieck.

Volunteering at the waterstop for the 2012 Race with Grace is just one of many things the Girl Scouts of Troop No. 1312 have done to fight back.

Back in 2011, Girl Scouts Troop #1312 started thinking about ways in which they could earn their Silver Award – an accomplishment that demonstrates a scout is dedicated to improving her community. Because many troop members had, in some way, been touched by cancer, they felt Race With Grace was a fitting cause. Their assignment for the 2011 race was to cheer on runners as they crossed the finish line. According to Troop Leader Diane Olesinski, “Our job seemed insignificant at first. But after watching the runners finish with names of loved ones painted on their faces or shirts, we realized our jobs were very important.”
 
After that first experience with Race with Grace, the Troop knew they wanted to do more. They liked the idea raising money by holding a pancake breakfast with Santa at St. Francis Xavier Rectory, but learned that this was an annual fundraising event sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Rather than initially giving up, they wrote a letter to the Knights, who graciously agreed to co-host the 2011 holiday event and split the profits. The girls raised $700 from this event, which was donated to the Mary Grace Memorial Foundation.
 
Cancer is a serious matter for the girls. They stay busy througout the year creating “comfort bags” that help chemotherapy patients pass time while receiving treatments. The bags contain homemade items, some of which the girls make themselves, along with playing cards, Sudoku books, crossword puzzles, lip balm, nail polish, journals. Most of the items are donated by businesses throughout the country, thanks to the endless request letters written by the girls. So far, the girls have distributed about 100 bags.
 
This year’s Race With Grace marked the girls' 40-hour mark of community service. Their participation included handing out water at a waterstop. It also marked another event - they received their Silver Awards! According to Olesinski, “One year of ‘required’ service will turn into a lifetime of awareness for our girls. We are honored to help the Mary Grace Memorial Foundation and will continue to do so in the future.”

The MGMF cannot thank Olesinski enough, along with co-Troop Leader Karen Brahler and all the girls of Girl Scout Troop No. 1312.
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