Monday, November 5, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

Our thoughts and prayers are with our Girl Scout sister councils (girls, their families and staff members) affected by Hurricane Sandy. More than a dozen councils were impacted, as well as Girl Scouts of USA offices.

In an effort to help those children affected by this disaster, Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast is partnering with local community groups to collect toiletry kits for storm victims. If you are interested in participating, you may drop off donations to A Place for Girls, the Council's program center and headquarters at 912 Cedar Road, or at the Peninsula Service Center at 813 Forrest Drive in Newport News.

Children's Toiletry Kits (All items must be NEW)
1-gallon size plastic zip lock bag
1 toothbrush
1 large comb or small hairbrush
1 face cloth
1 bar of soap
1 "fun" item such as a crayons or packet of stickers
Consider writing a note or including a card of encouragement

While Girl Scouts does not allow fundraising on behalf of outside organizations, we recognize that sending funds to emergency response organizations, such as the Red Cross, is an effective way to immediately help victims of a disaster. Red Cross opened more than 250 shelters across 16 states that provided for nearly 11,000 people. To support Red Cross, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). You can also consider giving a blood donation. All blood types are needed, especially type O positive, O negative, A negative or B negative blood. Call 800-733-2767 (RED CROSS) or visit to make an appointment or for more information.