Niagara Gazette — One bag at a time.
That’s the mission Girl Scout cadette Teresa Buchner undertook in her effort to help Community Missions, Inc. in Niagara Falls.
On Wednesday, Buchner presented supply kits for all of the children who were staying at Community Mission’s housing shelter on Buffalo Avenue as part of her “Bag of Courage” project.
With the help of local businesses and donors, Buchner was able to collect enough items for 150 bags which will be given away over the next two years. Each bag contains items like dictionaries, storybooks, hygiene products and toys.
“My hope is that I can help these kids,” Buchner said. “So often they come to Community Missions with nothing but the clothes on their back and this is something they can call their own.”
The presenting of the bags marks an end to Buchner’s two-year journey towards achieving her Silver Award for community service, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. Community service projects of this type involve identifying an issue of concern in the community, developing a project and putting it to action.
The award allows the opportunity to make a lasting difference in the community, help those in need and demonstrate the characteristics that make a great leader who is dedicated to making a difference.
By teaming up with Community Missions, Buchner is educating and raising awareness on homelessness. In 2013, Community Missions provided 1,315 nights of care to children.