16 Mar 2015

GAL Foundation- 20th Judicial Circuit Partners with Local Girl Scout Troop 292

The Guardian Ad Litem Foundation- 20th Judicial Circuit has partnered with The Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast, Troop 292 to benefit the Beds for Kids program and provide foster children with a bed of one’s own.

The Beds for Kids program provides a warm 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.

Troop 292, composed of Daisies and Brownies aged 5 to 9 years old, aim to donate 30 new bedding sets (twin or crib/toddler bed), pillows, story books and stuffed animals to children in need.  In addition, the girls will be decorating pillowcases with heartfelt messages.  Each girl will include a personalized card expressing their love for the recipient.

The troop will continuously fundraise through May to purchase items to donate to the program, and also plans  to donate their remaining cookie funds to purchase beds and cribs.

The Co-Leaders of Troop 292 say the girls were inspired by the film “Annie”. While brainstorming ideas for the annual troop service project, the majority of the girls voted to assist orphans. In researching local non-profits to partner with, Troop 292 discovered the Guardian ad Litem Foundation whose goals and mission matched theirs-- to meet the needs of local children, as well as provide a meaningful, hands-on experience for the troop.

The Girl Scouts of Troop 292, as well as The Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida are pleased to address the needs of children in Southwest Florida, and aim to assist each and every brave and resilient child in need.