Simple Needs GA salutes the Girl Scouts!

Greetings, all.
I wanted to let you know about the inspiring support Simple Needs GA (SNGA) has received over the past few months from local Girl Scout troops!

It started in January at a badge-a-thon event organized by local Girl Scout leaders and volunteers. At the event, a group of Daisy Girl Scouts (kindergarten and first grade) put together gift bags for SNGA’s My Birthday Matters program, which brings brand-new toys, school supplies, a no-sew blanket, underwear and socks, and other useful items to homeless schoolchildren celebrating their birthdays. About 200 Girl Scouts showed up for the day of fun, learning, sisterhood and earning badges.

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Linda and Elisabeth Vogt

Then in March, Brownie troop 14404, which includes children from Marietta’s Devon Oaks subdivision, cohosted a cookie booth and lemonade stand, with proceeds donated to SNGA.

In April, Girl Scout Troop 14435 (from Still Elementary in Powder Springs) gave yet another boost to My Birthday Matters: “The girls were excited to give away small gifts to put a smile on the face of another child who may not be as fortunate as they are,” wrote parents Mandy Harris and Lisa Hendrix, in an email to SNGA. “They learned about the needs of homeless families in the community and found it particularly interesting that some people live in tents because they do not have homes. They were thoughtful as they considered the fact that some kids, possibly in their own class at school, leave school with no food to eat for dinner or no real place of their own to sleep.”

Also in April, a group of almost 35 Girl Scouts from the kudzu service unit gathered for a community service lock-in at a local church where the activities included making 25 no-sew or fleece-tie blankets for SNGA’s My Birthday Matters program.

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Girl Scout Troop 13412! 😀

During the lock-in, I had the opportunity to talk with the Girl Scouts about the various programs SNGA offers. The group included members of Daisy Troop 14409, Brownie Troop 14404, Junior Troop 13413, and Cadette Troop 2401.

Linda Vogt, co-leader of Brownie Troop 14404, learned about SNGA during this past Christmas season. “Elisabeth, my 2nd-grade daughter, and I were inspired by the organization’s dedication to helping families and children in need,” Linda said. “Elisabeth asked if she could make some blankets for My Birthday Matters. What started as something just the two of us worked on during winter break quickly became a crafty activity for Elisabeth and some of her friends. I’m so proud to watch Elisabeth and her sister scouts strive to make the world a better place and to help families in need by supporting SNGA.”

Thanks again to the Girl Scouts for all their help. I’ll definitely be buying some cookies this year!--Brenda Rhodes
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Brenda Rhodes (president, events committee) founded Simple Needs GA in June 2010. Over the past 16 years, she has volunteered her time with a host of nonprofit organizations in Cobb County and Metro Atlanta, including MUST Ministries, Good Mews Animal Foundation, Special Olympics, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Hands on Atlanta and The Center for Family Resources. Brenda also contributes to the local missions teams and sings in the choir at First United Methodist Church of Marietta. In recognition of the thousands of hours she has spent volunteering, Brenda received the National Points of Light Award in both November 2007 and July 2010. She was the featured Hands on Network volunteer on MSNBC’s “Brewing Together” program in 2009. The prior year, she received both the Lifetime President’s Volunteer Service Award and the Gold President’s Volunteer Service Award. Brenda was Hands on Atlanta’s Premier Volunteer in 2004 and received her University’s Alumni Service Award in 1997. Previously an IBM team leader, Brenda was recognized in the YWCA of Northwest Georgia’s 2012 Tribute to Women of Excellence. www.linkedin.com/pub/brenda-rhodes/4/2b2/77

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