Saturday, April 12, 2014

April Showers

Last Saturday when I got home from running errands there was a plastic bag tied to my front door. It took me a couple of seconds to figure out why it was there, but then I remembered it was April Showers time!

April Showers is a service project for the local Girl Scout troops. They collect personal care items, then distribute them to local shelters and food banks to pass them out to their clients. (Did you know that things like toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, deodorant, and shampoo can't be purchased with food stamps?  Could you live without them?  I couldn't.) 

The project lasts for two weeks.  The first day troops go door-to-door distributing bags. A week later, they return to collect the filled ones. On Wednesday I took my empty bag to the store and filled it, then set it on the table by the front door so I wouldn't forget about it.  This morning I moved the bag to the front porch. A couple of hours later when I looked out it was gone.

What an easy way to do a good deed.

Five years ago today: Don't Throw It, Grow It!


  1. I donate to charity this way from time to time.

  2. That is an excellent way of doing things. I don't think the girl scouts in this area do this. The postal carriers, though, do. They collect canned food for a local shelter once a year, asking that you put a bag of food by your mailbox.

    1. I asked a friend who's a Girl Scout leader how widespread the program was...she didn't know.

      The local Cub/Boy Scouts have a "Scouting for Food" drive in November that's very similar to what the Girl Scouts do. I also donate to the postal carriers drive each year.

  3. We have a group that collects like this, too! I always enjoy filling that bag...such an easy thing to do!