May 25, 2024

Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England Makes Donation to Operation Holiday Cheer

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Warwick, RI (November 21, 2023)—Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England (GSSNE) donated over 2,484 containers of nuts to Operation Holiday Cheer!

Each September and October, Girl Scouts take orders in person from friends and family for delicious nuts and candy as part of the Fall Product Program. During this program, Girl Scouts develop five essential skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. In addition, troops get a head start on funding their activities for the year! Customers also have the option to purchase nuts which get donated to local service members through Operation Holiday Cheer.

Operation Holiday Cheer is an annual care package initiative for Rhode Island service members who will be stationed away from home during the holidays. It is organized by the Lieutenant Governor's Office in partnership with the Rhode Island National Guard Family Assistance Center, the United States Postal Service, the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Rhode Island Blue Star Moms, and Operation Stand Down Rhode Island.

This year, over 400 care packages were assembled and shipped during the weekend of November 18-19. The program relies entirely on the generosity of individuals and corporate and community sponsors who provide in-kind or financial contributions.

Contributions are collected from across the state and volunteers help assemble the packages for shipment during a single weekend. Local Girl Scouts were also on site to help assemble the care packages.

“Giving back to the community is such an important part of what Girl Scouts do and they know that even small acts of kindness make a big difference in the lives of others. We are happy to bring a little holiday cheer to military members who are deployed away from home,” said Ginger Lallo, Chief Operating Officer at GSSNE.

We Are Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts bring their dreams to life and work together to build a better world. Through programs across Southeastern New England, Girl Scouts of all backgrounds and abilities can be unapologetically themselves as they discover their strengths and rise to meet new challenges—whether they want to climb to the top of a tree or the top of their class, lace up their boots for a hike or advocate for climate justice, or make their first best friends. Backed by trusted adult volunteers, mentors, and millions of alums, Girl Scouts lead the way as they find their voices and make changes that affect the issues most important to them. To join us, volunteer, reconnect, or donate, visit gssne.org, follow @gssne on Instagram, follow @GirlScoutsofSNE on Twitter, and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GSSNE
 

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