MONROE, CT – Families in need of help depend on the Monroe Pantry to provide food for the meals they prepare at home. Now, thanks to a donation of 50 birthday bags and small toys, you can also bake a cake for your child’s special day.
Four Girl Scouts from Troop 34082 planned, budgeted, purchased and assembled the bags for their Project Bronze Award, and delivered the donation to the Food Pantry on Route 111 on Friday afternoon.
Anna Glus’s pickup truck was loaded with boxes full of toys and 50 birthday bags, each containing cake mix, frosting, birthday candles, paper plates and napkins.
“Birthdays are very important in our families, so we want everyone to have a special birthday,” said Monica Glus, one of the Girl Scouts.
Scouts who completed the project with Monica included her twin sister, Betty, Coralina Goyette, and Angelica Klittnick. The Bronze Award is the highest a Junior-level Girl Scout can achieve.
Among the requirements of the project is to do something sustainable, that’s why the girls came up with the motto “Have a birthday. When it’s your birthday, create a gift bag. ”Girl Scouts encourage others to donate gift bags to the Food Pantry on their birthday to keep the program going.
Kim Cassia, the city’s director of Social and Community Services, said that the girls approached her to do her project, so she suggested that it be aimed at children, because there are about 100 children from families that use the food pantry. from Monroe.
“I threw it away and the kids came and went with Coralina,” Cassia recalled.
Glus said the girls worked with her on the budget for a shopping trip on Sunday, Sept. 19.
Kate Goyette, Coralina’s mother, said ShopRite in Shelton was on sale. The cake mix was 77 cents a box and the frosting was 88 cents each, but there was a limit of four per flavor.
When they told the store staff what they were doing, Goyette said they let them buy whatever they needed, all at the asking price.
“We bought all the frosting,” Monica said.
Glus said a woman shopping wanted one of the flavored cake mixes, so the girls put down one of their carts and chose another. When the woman asked why they had so much cake mix and frosting in their carts, they told her about the project.
“She was so moved that she made a donation to the troop for the toys,” Glus said.
After the shopping trip, the Girl Scouts packed the birthday bags in Glus’s car in the Great Hollow Lake parking lot.
On Friday, the girls unloaded the truck at the Monroe Food Pantry.
Each birthday bag has a label on the outside that lists the contents. For example, one says, “yellow cake, milk chocolate frosting.”
After choosing the bag with the cake and frosting they want, parents can choose a small toy for their child. The paper plates and napkins inside the bags have children’s themes like dinosaurs and mermaids.
Two weeks ago, before the Girl Scouts Bronze Award project, Cassia said the food pantry was down to a box of cake mix.
“The actions of these young women will help provide birthday bags and gifts for children,” said Cassia. “Now the children will be able to eat cakes on their birthdays.”
Cassia said the 50 birthday bags will keep the pantry going for a while, but she hopes other people will donate bags in the future, so the pantry can have them for the remaining 50 children.