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Girl Scouts Celebrate Thanksgiving by Helping Less Fortunate

Troop 19134HOUSTON (Nov. 20, 2008) The most familiar story of the first Thanksgiving feast took place in Plymouth Colony, which is present-day Massachusetts, in 1621. More than 200 years later President Abraham Lincoln declared the final Thursday in November as the national day of Thanksgiving. Today, Girl Scouts celebrate the holiday, not only with their own families but with members of the community as well.

Girl Scout Troop # 5336 in the Katy area collected food and made two large Thanksgiving food baskets, complete with turkey and all the fixings, for two local families who could not otherwise enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Troop leader Diane Parker admits that the troop was very excited about the holiday project. “In addition to the food baskets our troop also completed 14 boxes for Operation Christmas Child. We have also stuffed 12 Christmas stockings to be delivered,” says Parker.

Approximately 75 Girl Scouts in the Dream Catchers Service Unit in Sugar Land worked on a project for Operation Quiet Comfort. Girls made holiday cards for enlisted men and women who are hospitalized in Iraq and Afghanistan, away from their homes and loved ones during the holidays. Girl Scout volunteer Denise Deason with troop #19134 helped the girls with the project. “The cards were addressed generically, like ‘Dear Hero’ and included a personal message written inside. The cards will be given to many people of different faiths so the card may have a winter scene, snowman or kids playing in the snow and will not indicate a specific holiday,” says Deason.

Everyone has something different to be thankful for. It may be overcoming Hurricane Ike or the opportunity to sit around the dinner table with your family. Whatever the reason, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is thankful for every Girl Scout who learns to discover new things, connect with her community and take action to make the world a better place.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.5 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 64,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties.

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