Many people can’t afford the basics of good personal hygiene. Food stamps and other forms of assistance are helpful but cannot be used to purchase items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste or dental floss. Yet good dental hygiene is important to general health. As part of our Girl Scout focus on healthy living, Girl Scouts from all over the Pacific Peaks Council held a Tooth Fairy Drive and collected toothbrushes, especially children’s toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss. All items are being donated to people who need them through local food banks.
The Tooth Fairy Drive officially ended on October 31. The girls collected 20,000 items, exceeding the council’s goal of 5,000. The girls helped by purchasing items with troop funds, collecting items from family and friends, and setting up collection bins at school. A Girl Scout troop leader notified the council that one of the girls had a birthday party on October 21st and asked for dental items instead of presents. She received over 50 items.
Participation in this project fills one of the requirements of the council’s new U Go Girl patch, an attempt to combat the epidemic of childhood obesity by encouraging active lifestyles and nutrition. This focus on healthy living also encompasses physical, mental and emotional health issues such as body image, bullying, and asthma awareness. Girls can make a real difference in the lives of others and be one step closer to earning this fun new patch at the same time!
Girl Scouts & Pacific Peaks Council serves more than 10,000 girls and adults in southwestern Washington. Girl Scout troops are starting up right now so don’t forget to register your daughter, niece, granddaughter or other girl in your family. For more information on how to join, volunteer, or donate to the Girl Scouts, call (253) 475-0307, (800) 541-9852 or log-on at www.gsppc.org.