We have all heard about the devastating impact Hurricane Sandy has had on families, businesses and our Girl Scout sisters on the East Coast. Many people remain displaced from their homes and are dealing with the struggles of rebuilding their lives after losing so much. Our thoughts and prayers are with the individuals, families, and Girl Scouts who are dealing with the loss and damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Our own National Headquarters at GSUSA was affected by the storm and only recently reopened. Eight of our sister councils were severely affected by Hurricane Sandy, four in New Jersey and four in New York.
Here at GSMH we can relate to the feelings of loss and grief our neighbors to the east are experiencing. Our Girl Scout families and neighbors have survived major tornados and devastating floods in the past two years. We know that many of you are looking for ways to help our Girl Scout sisters just as many of them reached out to help us in our time of need.
In response to all the outpouring of offers to help, GSUSA has lifted fundraising restrictions to enable girls to raise money for Girl Scouting recovery efforts in the eight councils. This means that interested troops will be able to submit applications for money earning activities to raise funds on behalf of our sister councils in New Jersey and New York. Please note that all current GSMH money earning guidelines still apply and all activities should be completed by December 31. If you have any questions about the money earning application process, please contact Angie Robinson Sullivan, chief development officer, at 877-312-4764 x 1343 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GSUSA has also established a Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund to help address the needs of councils affected by the storm. To give, go to https://donate.girlscouts.org/hurricanerecovery where you will find links to the online giving sites for all eight councils, as well as the giving form for the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund.
Many of you have expressed an interest in donating materials or supplies to help our Girl Scout sisters; unfortunately our sister councils are not currently in a position to receive, process or organize such donations. A local Girl Scout Troop from Indiana has taken the lead to collect donations of Girl Scout uniforms and insignia to send directly to Girl Scouts who have lost their own uniforms in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. You can find more information on Operation: Be a Sister by visiting their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OperationBeASister.
Please help share this information with girls, parents and other volunteers in your area and fulfill our Girl Scout Promise to help people at all times.