Coat drive illustrates Monroe Junior Girl Scouts’ mission to ‘help others at all times’

Fall sometimes brings cold, windy days and by the winter more families start to turn up their thermostats and to wrap heavier coats over their warm sweaters. But not everyone can afford a comfortable winter coat.

The fourth-grade Junior Girl Scouts from Monroe Elementary School’s Troop 34130 decided to make it their mission to collect coats for families in need throughout the Greater Bridgeport area, while they embark on their Agent of Change Journey: Power of One, Power of Team and Power of Community.

“This journey emphasizes confidence, teamwork and cooperation as the girls take action to better their community,” said Jen Paulson, who is a troop leader with Kara Golino.

“In the past, the troop has done projects to bring joy to local nursing homes and help animals at local animal shelters,” Paulson said. “For this project they decided to focus on families that are less fortunate and don’t have the means to buy coats for winter.”

The girls designed a logo and came up with a slogan for the coat drive, “Help others at all times,” which comes from the Girl Scout Promise, according to Paulson, who said the logo is a coat with hearts on either side to signify that everyone benefits and feels the warmth from kindness.

The coat drive started on Oct. 25 and will run through Nov. 29. The girls are collecting coats, jackets, snow suits and snow pants. They have a collection bin at school for Monroe Elementary School families and second bin in the Children’s Department of Edith Wheeler Memorial Library.

All donations will be given to schools and organizations serving the Greater Bridgeport community.

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