SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Springfield Girl Scout Troop 51293 conducted a supply drive soliciting donations and money to help the Springfield Warming Shelter. The shelter, operated at the North Springfield Baptist Church, is open Nov. 15 through April 15, sheltering Springfield area residents overnight from the cold.
The girls selected this project to earn their “Take Action” badge. Several boxes of toiletries, nonperishable food, and warm clothing were collected. The girls also raised $540 dollars for the shelter. “We could not do this without the generous people in our community who are willing to help,” says Troop Leader Mary Krueger. “This is a terrific learning experience for our girls.”
Pastor George Keeler accepted the donations at a recent Girl Scout meeting. He thanked the girls and told them more about who uses the shelter. “People who come to our shelter are often working, but they cannot afford housing or to heat their house. Some may be living in their car and they need a warm place to sleep. We try to serve a hot meal and provide them with snacks and bottled water to take with them for their day.”
Last winter, the shelter assisted 45 people, Keeler said. The shelter is open from 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. daily during the winter months.
For more information about the warming shelter, how to access their services, to volunteer or to support them, go to www.facebook.com/springfieldwarmingshelter.