Girl Scouts of Chaves County and community volunteers designed Christmas cards Monday at the Girl Scout Program Center in an effort to spread holiday cheer and boost morale of military personnel serving overseas.
For the past four years, area Girl Scouts have made thousands of Christmas cards to send to troops through Christmas For Our Troops, a nonprofit organization that accepts and sends donated items to U.S. military members in Afghanistan.
“I’m always asking what Girl Scouts can do for somebody and this was a need they had,” said Rebecca Taylor, membership director for Girl Schools of the Desert Southwest. “We really couldn’t do it without our volunteers; they’re the driving force behind these girls.”
Family members and other volunteers joined troop members in creating several cards using supplies provided by the center. The center also received cards made by local school children.
Girl Scouts of all ages came out to support the effort; most girls came with their troops and some wore their vests and badges.
After completing a card, Scouts would place them in a pile on a table, then gather material to make another one.
Troop 14 members Fayth Lynch, 9, Alyssa Smith, 8, Taylor Langley, 9, and Tatianna Torrez, 10, sat and worked together at one of the long tables.
In one of her cards, Lynch wrote, “Thank you for all your hard work.” Langley showed off the snowflakes and bright red bows and ribbons she added to a card.
“We really hope that they like them,” Smith said. “We’re doing something good for them because they’re doing something good for us.”
Lynch chimed in, “And we hope that they return safely soon!”
Margie Juarez, leader of Troop 21 and her daughter, Maliyah, 5, of the same troop, sat nearby, decorating cards with markers and stickers shaped like gift boxes and Christmas stockings.
Margie and her daughter are new to Girl Scouts. “They told us we could come out and make Christmas cards for the troops and we decided that would be a good holiday tradition,” she said.
Christmas For Our Troops will send packages sometime after Thanksgiving. For more information, visit christmasforourtroops.org.