Here’s a story to inspire us for Thanksgiving. It’s a tale of bounty and abundance told by guest blogger Michelle Bolton King:
“After school on Friday, October 28, eight girls from Girl Scout troop 511 from Western Hills Elementary in West Des Moines went door to door in their neighborhood collecting goods for the DMARC food pantry.“The fifth-graders wore their Halloween costumes, divided into two teams to work both sides of the street, and pulled wagons to collect the food. They announced ‘Trick or Treat so Others May Eat’ at each door that was opened to them and handed out flyers to explain their intention to donate the food.
“Troop 511 includes Nora King, Ivory Senna, Elizabeth Brackett, Madison Kaufman, Karli Benson, Zoe Shaffer, Caitlyn Potter, and Chloe Buising. Troop co-leaders are Kelly Benson and Michelle Bolton King. The girls collected and were able to donate eight large grocery bags full of food!
“I was struck by the girls’ excitement about collecting the food, especially once we got going. No one came to the door at the first several houses we tried, but once we got the first few cans, there was no stopping them. When one person came back with a whole bag full of groceries, the girls jumped up and down and squealed, ‘We hit the jackpot!’“At one point it occurred to me that on a typical Friday after school, tweens might be at home in front of the TV, or playing video games, or hanging out at the mall, or talking or texting or otherwise just caring about themselves. But this beautiful, chilly autumn day, these girls fully immersed themselves in caring for others.
“It was a TOTAL blast and we’re happy to make the donation. Thanks to DMARC for the work you do in this community! ”
Michelle Bolton King is co-leader of Girl Scout Troop 511. She is also executive director of the After School Arts Program.