A caring group of young girls have lent a helping hand to their community.
Two weeks ago, the 1st Boyle Girl Guides toured the new Boyle Community Food and Clothing Bank at the Gateway Community Church. After the holidays, the Food Bank’s supply was in desperate need of replenishing, so the girls took action.
They spearheaded a food drive at Boyle School, where students and teachers were asked to donate non-perishable food items like pasta, crackers, canned vegetables, granola bars and more.
The drive was a huge success, as last Monday a triumphant group of Girl Guides visited the Food Bank to deliver bags and boxes of food.
Food Bank vice-president Steve Wilcox estimates that the girls brought in almost 500 pounds of food.
Needless to say, he was thrilled.
“I’m very impressed. It really helps,” he said of their effort.
Wilcox said the Food Bank feeds between 20 and 40 families in an average week, so supply issues are constant.
And thanks to the efforts of the Girl Guides, those in need won’t be going hungry this week.
“We’re helping so people can feel better,” said one girl, Heather Amero.
“It feels really good knowing we’re helping others,” said another, Emma Sachko. “It’s important to help people if they need help.”
The helpful group of Girl Guides includes Amero, Sachko, Julia Bulmer, Angie Morrison, Tracey McCarthy, Naomi Lebeuf, Barbara Friesen, Chianna Pedersen and leaders Amanda Oldale and Nancy Keith-Amero.