PARSIPPANY — While January can be a cold month,Girl Scout Troop 96197 did its best to warm the hearts and hands of our community by collecting cold weather clothing and personal hygiene products to benefit the Market Street Mission in Morristown.
The collection took place at Lake Hiawatha School. The school community rose to the occasion and generously contributed to the month-long drive. The donation ultimately included 6 large bags of men’s, women’s and children’s coats, hats, scarves, gloves and socks. The group also gathered toiletries, including: soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes and deodorant.
Troop 96197 is led by Tara Voto and Angela Franz. Girl Scouts include Claire Benjamin, Sara Deodhar, Jenna Franz, Alexandria Fritschie, Anisha Mulinti, Isabella Parada and Elaina Voto. The girls carefully organized the donations, including folding and sorting the clothing items, as shown in the pictures.
The Market Street Mission, based in Morristown, provides over 2,500 coats to people in need annually and has supported the Morris County community since 1889. It seeks to overcome homelessness, addiction and poverty.
Tara Voto, co-Leader of Troop 969197 said, “This type of community outreach provides real-life examples to our Troop, as they work towards understanding and incorporating the Girl Scout mission of ‘building courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place.'”