“It is better to do good than be good.” – Lord Baden-Powell
Every day we challenge girls to go out and make a difference, to go over-and-above to make their communities a better place to live. And every time, they do this with enthusiasm and ingenuity. Over the course of this year, girls in Guiding have built little free libraries, filled purses with feminine hygiene products for women’s shelters, cleaned up shorelines, finger-knit scarves, and basically just made the world a little better through their generosity.
Throughout my own life, I have been encouraged to lead by example, but it was by the example of the girls that I decided to spearhead a National Service Project: Action on Poverty initiative at Girl Guides of Canada’s national office this month. Every year we try to give back a little during the holidays, but this year we were inspired by the girls and took our giving up a notch.
With the help of Guider and awesome NSP agent Jane, we were put in touch with the Shoebox Project, a continent-wide initiative connecting those who want to do good deeds with women’s shelters. The staff came together to donate 30 kilograms of self-care supplies to make approximately eight “Make A Difference Boxes” for women living in shelters throughout the Toronto area. Our office elves also helped to wrap, assemble and deliver these overflowing boxes. It was such a wonderful kick-off to the holiday season, and feeling a little bit of Girl Greatness rub off on our office team didn’t hurt either!
Guest post by Ashley Pamenter, a Coordinator, Programming at Girl Guides of Canada and a Guider (a.k.a. Chickadee) with 73rd Toronto Sparks.