Girl Scouts send summer care package to firefighters

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A box of Thin Mints goes a long way in Liberty City.

The young members of Girl Scout Troop 2472 recently cashed in their hard-earned cookie funds to help restock the shelves of the neighborhood fire department.

“It’s fantastic,” Sabine Fire Department Chief Richard Sisk said, grateful for a truckload of cases of water and sports drink. “It was perfect timing. We were down to about the last three cases.”

According to Cindy Porter, co-leader of the troop with Sharon Gregory, she’d lost count of how many cases of water, Gatorade and Powerade the girls collected. The group includes Daises (Kindergarten and first graders) through Cadets (sixth graders).

“We collected them within our troop. A lot of parents and grandparents stepped up and donated,” she said. “Some of our cookie sales went to providing the firefighters nice drinks during the hot season.”

Sisk picked up the truckload of donations Saturday afternoon, the girls helping load his pickup with the drinks for the Sabine firefighters.

“It was pretty nice to get the phone call from the Girl Scouts,” he said. “It was pretty sweet.”

The troop is on its ‘summer hiatus,’ Porter said, but the fourth- and fifth-graders are working on project for Sabine Elementary School: they hope to establish a local arm of Crayola’s ‘ColorCycle’ program to recycle markers at the campus.

“We wanted to start that program at the elementary school, try to keep some of the trash out of our dumpsters and the landfills,” Porter said, “do some good for the environment.”

– By JAMES DRAPER

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