HANNIBAL — Daisy Scouts from Troop 9217 were all smiles as they carried boxes of diapers to donate to Clarity Healthcare's Community Diaper Bank on Wednesday.
Troop Leader Kathy Riley said she saw a TV commercial about the Community Diaper Bank, and the Daisy Scouts were on board right away to collect their goal of 25 boxes of diapers over the past three weeks. They decorated a large cardboard box with a sign that read “Troop 9217 is collecting diapers for the Clarity diapers closet,” partnering with staff members at Chocolaterie Stam for a spot to collect diapers for area families in need. The girls exceeded their goal by three boxes, and were excited to make an impact just in time for National Kindness Day.
“We made a box and I asked them how many diapers they wanted to collect — they said 25, and they did it,” Riley said.
Riley said this was the start of several service projects for the girls. The Scouts recited the Girl Scout Promise to Clarity Outreach Coordinator Jacinda Epperson, LPN, and she commended the girls for the positive difference they made.
“We help people in the community, just like you have done by going and getting these diapers,” Epperson said. “You've helped so many people who are going to need that — so many babies that need diapers — right now, maybe their mom or dad is having a tough time. You all are going to help so many families. I'm so proud to meet you all.”
The girls each shook Epperson's hand and introduced themselves. Next, they joined her in the fastpaced “Baby Shark” song and dance. She and Riley were both thrilled to see the Daisy Scouts' dedication and their act of kindness.
“It's awesome that these young girls are wanting to do this,” Epperson said. “It just shows that they're thinking about their community, and it's really with the holiday spirit. We love having them.”