Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri (GSEM) is adding an exciting new dimension to their annual personal care item drive for families in need this weekend. In an effort to collect more personal care items than ever before and as a way to honor the organization’s centennial, GSEM is on a mission to set a Guinness World Record.
To accomplish this, girls will continue their tradition of going door-to-door in the eastern Missouri region to distribute personal care item bags, but they will also host a “Showering the Community” event. The event takes place April 21 at every Wal-Mart in the eastern Missouri region. Girl Scouts will stand in front of the store in raincoats and galoshes passing out raindrops that list needed items. Customers are encouraged to purchase some of these items as they complete their shopping. There will be barrels available at the store’s exit for drop-off.
Launched in 1998, this community wide event continues to be a cornerstone for local shelters and families in need of donated items. According to Operation Food Search, April Showers provides 99 percent of all personal care items distributed in the region. GSEM attributes this major accomplishment to the generosity of residents within the community.
“Personal care items are not a luxury, they are a necessity,” said Donna K. Martin, CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. “Having good hygiene and maintaining good health are important for a positive self-image and a sense of well-being.”
Help GSEM set this amazing record by filling your April Showers bag with items like toothpaste, soap and shampoo. These items cannot be purchased with SNAP benefits (formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) but are equally important for families in need. Missouri food banks continue to report an increase in demand that range from 20 percent to 44 percent.
Girl Scouts will be distributing bags door-to-door throughout the Council’s jurisdiction April 20, 21 and 22. Residents have until April 28 to fill their bags with the listed items. Residents who do not receive a bag on their door have the option to attend the Showering the Community event on April 21 or to purchase pre-packaged bags from Schnucks and Dierbergs during the week of the event. Those who are unable to participate or forget to donate during the week of the event may drop off items to any through May 6.