The four members of Macon 9th Grade Senior Girl Scout Troop 9511 usually have a gift exchange at Christmas time. This year the girls decided to do something different.
The troop, Megan Baase, Kayla Noyes, Ashlee Moore, and Rebecca Wilcox, decided to adopt four foster kids around their own age and shop for them for Christmas instead of buying gifts for themselves.
“This is the girls’ way of giving back to their community,” said Sheila Wilcox, who serves as leader for the troop along with Donnetta Moore.
To fund their project the scouts held bake sales on six different Saturdays. The girls, as well as friends and family members, made items for the bake sale. “I really enjoyed the time we spent at our bake sales,” said Kayla.
The girls took an ornament listing the wishes of four teens ranging in age from 15-18 from Macon/Shelby counties off an Angel Tree sponsored by the Children’s Division of the Missouri Department of Social Services.
The scouts adopted three girls and one boy, spending approximately $200 on each person.
The list did not include the name of the individual, only their age, sizes, favorite color, and a few items that they needed or wanted.
“The girls had to really think about what they were buying,” said Sheila.
“It was fun to do the shopping, I could relate to the person I shopped for,” said Rebecca. “We all tried to use our money wisely when we were shopping.”
“I enjoyed doing the shopping with my friends, too” said Ashlee.
The girls delivered the packages to the Children’s Division office last week. The gifts will be wrapped and delivered by Children’s Division workers, Bethany Butner, Becky Coe, Megan Downey and Amity Waldron.
Ornaments with the wish lists are still available on the Angel Trees that are located at Wal-Mart and Samaritan Hospital in Macon.
Gifts need to be purchased and returned to the Children’s Services office by Dec. 14. For more information you may call them at 385-3191.
“I loved this project,” said Megan. “It touched my heart.”
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