Foodbank collections – a little bit goes a long way

I’m so proud of how well the girls came together!

Antoinette, leader with 1st Kyle of Sutherland Rainbow Brownie Guide unit, was walking by a shop window when she spotted an advert for a local foodbank collection. She shares how a little social action makes a big difference.

My unit only opened in June 2017 and in the run up to the girls making their Promise I started thinking about how they could support their local community. The foodbank collection seemed like the perfect opportunity. I only noticed it was happening two days before our next meeting so wasn’t expecting a lot but was overwhelmed by how enthusiastic the girls were to get involved.

Everyone brought some food along and we had a great discussion about helping people in difficult situations. I was very impressed by how aware the girls already were that taking social action is so important. We even discussed the little things people can do to improve their local communities like asking after an elderly neighbour.

We ended up with lots of boxes of food and when we dropped them off they were so grateful and amazed by the amount we had been able to collect in such a short space of time. They gave us a thank you card and mentioned how happy they were to have a Girlguiding unit back in the area after the last one closed due to a lack of members.

I’m so proud of how well the girls came together to help and they even received a thank you card for their fantastic contribution. We’re keeping up our social action with a foodbank collection for animal next!

Feeling inspired?

If your unit are keen to organise a food or washbag collection in the run up to Christmas then get in touch with your local foodbank and see how you can get involved. Find it here.