Brownies took to the streets on Halloween in search of treats for themselves and food donations for in Severna Park. A win-win situation for all, the girls really got into the spirit of giving while at the same time getting. Toting the bags brimming with canned goods was hard work, accomplished with pride and many smiles.
"It was exciting to see young people embrace the fellowship of caring and giving at a young age," said troop leader Trudy Pastine. All 20 girls, first through third grade, spread the word beforehand in their individual neighborhoods and came up with the plan to work toward a community service badge while having some fun.
The Millersville neighborhood of Brittingham's generous residents were just some that opened up their hearts to the scouts. At the end of the evening, bags overflowed with food donations, always needed and appreciated by SPAN at this busy time of year.
The troop then spent a sunny fall afternoon on Wednesday delivering their boxes just in time for the upcoming Thanksgiving meals that SPAN will provide to those in need in the area.
"We always love to show our facilities to children to help them actually see what their hard work can do," said Maria DeNardo, SPAN executive director.
Ever grateful for donations, the organization, located at 400 Benfield Road, next to , still has a very real need for:
Boxed instant potatoes, boxed rice, spaghetti sauce, canned meats, beef stew, peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, pancake mix and syrup, canned fruit, cake mixes and frosting, pork and beans, peas, snacks such as individual potato chips, cookies, pretzels, snack bars, pudding and Jello cups.
Currently there is an abundance of canned soups, corn and all varieties of other beans.
Fun Halloween costumes were donned by the girls while trick-or-treating for SPAN, and now it's a "hat's off" from the community to Troop 5249 for the job well done.