FARMINGDALE, NJ - The mission of Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage and independence, who know how to take a stand and give back to their community, especially in times of need. The devastation left by Hurricane Sandy seemed, at times, insurmountable, but when Girl Scouts banded together, they worked hard to help the Jersey Shore rebuild, revive and recover.
“The response we received from people wanting to help both locally and across the country was tremendous,” said Jenny Cody, senior director of program services, Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore. “It’s inspiring to see people coming together in the wake of such devastation.”
“Make the World a Better Place" and "Be a Sister to Every Girl Scout" are two key components of the Girl Scout Law. With that in mind, the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore created the Restore the Shore patch program designed to give girls an array of options to help with hurricane relief efforts. To earn the Restore the Shore patch, Girl Scouts ran food drives, helped out at local shelters, adopted Girl Scouts and their families displaced by the storm, put together care packages, and more.
To date, more than 1,500 patches have been earned. Many participants were local, but a large portion came from out of state. For more information on Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, visit www.girlscoutsjs.org.