Despite dealing with their own personal losses and altered school schedules because of Hurricane Ida, Girl Scouts in local Junior Troop 20104 and Cadette/Senior Troop 20179 banded together recently to purchase cleaning items, toiletries and other essential supplies for residents in need in St. Charles Parish.
Norco resident Hollie Pfister, who along with Destrehan resident Andrea Carter, leads the troops. Pfister said the troops usually meet together at Sacred Heart on Sundays, but that their Sept. 26 gathering was unique for a couple of reasons – it was the first time the girls had all gotten together since the hurricane, and instead of a normal meeting they did the giveaway.
“It was really sweet when they all started arriving you could tell they were overjoyed and hugging each other to see each other,” Pfister said. “They were really excited too that they were able to lend a hand and help people out.”
Pfister said the girls made a decision to come together and use funds from cookie sales in March to buy supplies for hurricane victims. The giveaway was planned for the same time as a Red Cross meal distribution, which Pfister said worked out perfectly for residents.
“People were able to get meals and supplies,” she said. “We had paper towels, toilet paper, gloves, toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine products … the little bit we had left over we donated to Sacred Heart Church.”
Pfister said the scouts thought of the giveaway on their own, which made it even more special. She said that many of the girls have also recently donated their time to the United Methodist Church’s Matthew 25:35 food ministry to help with hurricane relief efforts there.
“A good bit of the girls in our troop have some sort of damage to their homes,” Pfister said. “I think they are some pretty strong girls … their work ethic is great despite their own troubles. They saw that it’s worth it to lend a hand … it’s sort of a pay it forward. They wanted to be able to do something.”
Girl Scouts participating in the supply giveaway included Ella Comeaux, Jordan Robin, Spencer Robin, Eva Braud, Jenna Carmouche, Britten Rodriguez, Breelyn Oster, Kinsley Housewright, Gracie Piper, Evelyn Carter, Leah Carter, Savanna Burnham, Kahlan Rodriguez, Hazel Roberts, Phoebe Bolden, Shelby Bordelon, Madison Brannon, Addison Revere and Brooklyn Robin. Participating troop leaders were Carter, Pfister, Stephanie Chiasson and ‘Paco’ Rodriguez.