Girl Scouts amass a mountain of coats for mountain area folks
COARSEGOLD – 15 girls in Girl Scout Troop 2866 have scoured closets, cleared out cedar chests and successfully collected 250 gently used coats and jackets as part of their “One Warm Coat” community service project. The project is dedicated to redistributing reusable coats, free of charge.
The coats, all donated by area residents, were laundered and transported to Manna House in Oakhurst for redistribution.Daisy Troop Leader Cheri Kocsis says that as a result of the drive, girls in her group (usually kindergarten to first grade) will earn their “Make the World a Better Place” Badge, and Brownies (generally girls in second and third grades) will receive the “Philanthropist” Badge.
All of the hard-working scouts in Troop 2866 will earn their “One Warm Coat” Badge. One Warm Coat is a national nonprofit organization that supports and encourages coat drives, helping people across the country collect and redistribute coats free to people in need.
Volunteering for One Warm Coat, Troop 2866 became part of a movement that has collected and given away more than one million coats since the organization’s inception twenty years ago.
Troop Leader Kocsis jokingly said the group will “have to find something else to collect next year because this year they got all the extra coats in the area!”