Daisy Troop showing appreciation, asking others to pay it forward

Published 12:14 am Wednesday, November 1, 2017

LAPLACE — Girl Scouts Daisy Troop 20297 members are spreading kindness this holiday season in the form of goody bags delivered to doorsteps along with notes encouraging recipients to pay it forward.

The Troop’s eight girls, ranging in age from 5 to 7, are each creating two goody bags filled with candy and age-appropriate trinkets such as play dough, notepads, pens and small toys.

Pictured is an example of the goody bag package.

Goody bags will be delivered to individuals the girls are thankful for with a note reading, “You’ve been girl scouted!” and instructions to pay it forward and brighten another person’s day.

If the project is successful, recipients will continue creating and gifting goody bags around St. John the Baptist Parish. The project is intended bring smiles to the community and teach Troop members the value of giving, according to co-leader Margo Brockman.

“We’re teaching young girls to be thankful and show recognition to others without expecting something in return,” Brockman said.

She said recipients are asked to share a picture to Facebook using the hashtag #GratefulGirlScouts to keep track of goody bag circulation and inspire others to join.

Girl Scouts Community Administrator Katrice Reid said the project is part of an initiative to boost community service.

“We want to let people know we are more than cookies,” Reid said, noting troops across the region regularly work to serve others by donating to the library, collecting items for food pantries and cleaning up neighborhoods.

The project is intended to continue through Thanksgiving but can go on as long as people are inspired to keep making goody bags, according to Pam Brady, mother of Daisy Troop member Piper Brady.

She said they are encouraging girls to reach out and give to people outside of their immediate family, focusing on friends and mentors.

Girl Scout Troop 20297 meets on the first and third Saturday every month, and Daisy troops create hands-on crafts, have snacks and learn a lesson at each meeting.

For more information about the Daisy Troop pay it forward project, contact Reid at 504-338-6922. To learn more about Girl Scouts Louisiana East or join a troop, visit gsle.org.