A group of Girl Scouts are helping families stay warm during the winter months.
You can never be too young to make a difference in the community. Girls Scouts part of the Dakota Horizons Council chose to make fleece tie blankets for their service project.
“Each year around Christmas time and all the time we like to help the community because its fun,” said Madison Hopfauf, Girl Scouts Cadette.
The blankets are for families in need at the Welcome House, which is a temporary family shelter in Bismarck.
“I like seeing smiles on everybody’s faces when we help them out,” said Estella Johnson, Girl Scouts Brownie.
The blankets are meant to give comfort to families here at the Welcome House, especially since homelessness is an issue in North Dakota.
According to the Housing and Urban Development “Point In Time” survey, In 2017 there were 1,089 people experiencing homelessness in North Dakota.
“Everybody should have a home. We can’t even imagine what it would feel like to be homeless, and we don’t want to see or hear of any homeless child in our area,” said Melissa Buechler, Girl Scouts Troop Leader.
This is the second year the Girl Scouts made blankets for families at the Welcome House. It’s a gift that brings joy during the holiday season.
In total the Girls Scouts made 10 fleece tie blankets for the Welcome House.
The Girl Scouts are working on the Power of a Penny fundraiser to spread awareness of homelessness and see what impact pennies can make. They are collecting pennies through the end of January and all proceeds will be donated to the Welcome House.