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08 Jul 2015

Girl Scout Troop #292 Provides Donation and Support for Children in Need

The Guardian ad Litem Foundation- 20th Judicial Circuit has graciously received a $1000 donation and 30 “bed bundles” from The Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Troop #292.

30 Daisies and Brownies, aged 5 to 9 years old, along with leaders Jodi Rienzo, Jennifer Fischer and Jodi Barras, generously dedicated their time, talents and treasures to better the lives of 30 less fortunate Southwest Florida children.

In March 2015, Troop #292 partnered with the Guardian ad Litem- 20th Judicial Circuit’s “Beds for Kids” program after the girls were inspired by the film “Annie”, and decided to dedicate their annual troop service project to helping local orphans. Soon after, the troop began fundraising to donate 30 new bedding sets, pillows, storybooks and stuffed animals to children in need. In addition, the girls also decorated pillowcases with heartfelt messages and created a personalized card expressing their love for the recipient.

The Beds for Kids program provides a cozy bed and bedding for children who have been removed from their parents’ care as a result of abuse or neglect. These children are then placed in the care of a relative or foster home and assigned a Guardian ad Litem volunteer advocate.

The Guardian ad Litem Foundation- 20th Judicial Circuit Board President Kathleen Davey told the girls, “You share a great deal in common with the GAL Foundation… we are all committed to the well being of children and to looking out for their best interests, no matter their particular circumstance.”

Davey adds to the leaders, “Thank you for making this wonderful project happen and for making the nights a little brighter for children less fortunate than our own.”

Because of Troop #292’s dedication and generosity, 30 children across Southwest Florida will go to bed warm, comfortable and safe during a time that can be scary and confusing.

The Guardian ad Litem Foundation- 20th Judicial Circuit (Lee, Glades, Hendry, Charlotte and Collier Counties) aims to recruit and train volunteer child advocates who are paired with an attorney and an advocacy coordinator for the purpose of representing abused, neglected and abandoned children in court, school, the child welfare system and the community.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, or would like more information regarding The Guardian ad Litem organization, please contact The Guardian ad Litem Foundation