Local Girl Scout makes birthday boxes for food shelf
by Diane Webb
Local Girl Scout of Troop #709, DarylAnn Webb, is quite aware of the needs of our local food shelf.
She decided that it would be a good idea to create “Birthday Boxes for the Food Shelf.” She took her idea to Mary Ann Hagen, Wadena Food Shelf director, and she was thrilled with the idea.
For this project to be qualified as a Gold Award, which is the highest honor in Girl Scouts, she would also need an advisor. The Wadena-Deer Creek High School junior decided that Nancy Peterson, her business and marketing instructor at WDC, would be a great choice. Next she took her idea to Mrs. Peterson who also thought this would be a great opportunity for DarylAnn to give back to her community and agreed to be her advisor.
She started writing up her “Project Proposal” which explains that she would like to create a birthday party in a box and give them to the Wadena Food Shelf. The Birthday Boxes would include cake mix, frosting, candles, forks, plates, napkins, some party favors, possibly a table cloth, decorations and other items all put into a nicely wrapped box with a gold bow on top.
On March 15, she was invited to the Girl Scout office in Waite Park to meet with a committee of five and present her idea. The meeting started with introductions and then it was DarylAnn's turn to explain her ideas, the background information, including the fact that Wadena’s Food Shelf is one of the neediest food shelves in the state. It was about a 45-minute interview. Then she was asked to leave the room so the committee could discuss the proposal. After about 12 to 15 minutes in the waiting room, she was called back in. With some proposed amendments to her idea she was granted a go-ahead with her project.
Part of this project includes getting others involved and making it sustainable. DarylAnn’s idea includes asking for donations of both cash and supplies from local service organizations, businesses and people, she has seen first-hand that this is a giving, caring community. She will be collecting all the needed supplies and then reaching out to other youth to assist in putting the boxes together. Then she will be challenging groups in other towns to do the same for their communities.
The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Open only to girls in high school, this prestigious award challenges them to change the world—or at least their corner of it, and be eligible for college scholarships, too. As a Gold Award recipient, DarylAnn will be a part of an elite group of women. The Gold Award inspires girls to find the greatness inside themselves and share their ideas and passions with their communities.