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Will sing for food

| Monday, March 14, 2005

Five Junior Girl Scout and Brownie troops spent Saturday singing for other people's supper.

Each year, area Junior Girl Scouts and Brownie troops must come up with a community service project. This year, the girls decided to help the Connellsville Service Unit of the Salvation Army by conducting a food drive.

From noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, the girls took turns singing at the entrance to the Shop 'N Save at the Laurel Mall in Dunbar Township.

Tunes included Girl Scout favorites like "He's Got the Girl Scouts in His Hands."

At the end of the four hours, the girls had collected two grocery carts filled with food.

Pam Johnson, leader of Brownie Troop 3136, Connellsville, heard of the "sing for your supper" program from community coach, Dessa Summy.

"We just thought this would be a good program to get involved in," said Johnson.

This isn't the first time Troop 3136 has collected food for the needy. The troop also collected food at a recent roller-skating party.

"Different troops do different things," said Johnson.

Debbie Renninger, Brownie Troop 3025 leader, got her girls involved in the project as well.

"We have to support the community and let the families know that the Girl Scouts are here if they have any daughters who might be interested," said Renninger.

Renninger became involved with Scouting when her daughter, Ashley Renninger, developed an interest.

"I thought this would be a good mother/daughter activity," said Debbie Renninger.

Ashley Renninger is happy with her choice. She is enjoying herself and enjoys working with the other girls.

She believes the community service projects the Girl Scouts complete help them to realize the importance of helping the less fortunate in the community.

Patty Handford, director of the Connellsville Service Unit of the Salvation Army, was happy to team up with the local Girl Scouts this year.

"We were glad to hear that they were interested in donating the food to the Salvation Army," said Hanford. "We accept anything that any one or any group is willing to give us."

She added that the food collected will be enough for two or three good meals at the unit, where 50 to 60 people are fed each day.

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