(Below is an essay from Katie Katz, a Horace Greeley High School sophomore who has been with Troop 1021 since she was in kindergarten. Katz is going for her Girl Scout Gold Award)
I remember when I was about 8 years old sitting on the floor of a Westorchard school hallway, listening to girls about five years older than me explain a project they were doing. It was for this troop, Troop 1021 Silver Award project. Their project was genius. To deliver bags of treats to Veterans in honor of their service. The delivery was timed perfectly for Veterans Day. This project has grown tremendously to now over 270 veterans!
What do the Girl Scouts do for this project? Each troop bakes treats, makes cards and assemble bags. On November 11th each troop goes door to door to their assigned veterans and receive smiles and a thank you. Just this simple deed can really make a veteran’s day.
Every year my troop (2319) gets together not only to assemble the bags for the veterans and but to make the packets for each troop. Each year, hours are spent gathering the addresses veterans, assigning veterans routes to each troop and answering dozens of thank you notes that come in.
This project has grown to 18 troops participating and to think this all started here in Chappaqua in 2007 and still going strong! Thank you so much veterans for all of your years of hard service. It does not go unnoticed. We are honored to do this project for you.