This Friday, November 18, at 6:30 p.m., the Hauppauge Girl Scouts will be hosting a Thanks & Giving Fair in the Pines Elementary School Cafetorium. The event, hosted by Girl Scouts Service Unit #26, will be a night dedicated to making gifts and earning badges in honor of the Thanksgiving season.
The “Thanks & Giving Fair” is the first of its kind and was organized by Carolina Takesky, the Girls Scouts Service Unit Coordinator for Hauppauge. In the past, this particular service unit has gotten their girls together to become more acquainted with one another. They encourage the elementary troops, middle school troops and high school troop to form a networking bond of sisterhood.
But this year, they were happy to have them all under one roof, contributing to the many organizations throughout Long Island where they can lend a helping hand while building relationships.
“Whether what we have to offer is our time, our talents, our voices, our money, or simply our gratitude – let’s teach our children how to share it wholeheartedly,” Takesky believes.
Girls are encouraged to bring a donation to the event. Donations include gently-used kids books, wet wipes or paper towels, non-perishable food items and a new toy or clothing item. As the collection is made, it will be organized and visible for everyone to see, to bring awareness to the positive impact and example that these girls are setting for the season.
Each attendee will also be asked to pay a $2 fee to offset the cost of badges and supplies.
Donations will be granted to Long Island organizations such as Hindi’s Libraries, Paws of War, Help Mrs. Claus and SYJCC Community Pantry. New York Hope Project will also be in attendance at the event. The organization will be offering girls insightful words of wisdom on how to express gratitude, to give yourself grace and to think of yourself in a positive light.
While the main event is taking place on Friday, donations have already begun to pour in. Over the week, girls collected and organized book donations. In addition, the young scouts have already signed on to “help Mrs. Claus,” for which they have begun fulfilling letters to over 400 Long Island Children.