Helpful Hands Cupboard set up by Girl Scouts

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On hand for the unveiling of the Helpful Hands Cupboard were: back row, from left, Superintendent P.J. Burgett, Addison Midlam. Elementary Principal Ashlee Fourman, Autumn Gessler, Co_Leader Amber Robinson, Co-Leader Stacy Gibson; middle row, Elizabeth Graf, Carrisa Robinson, Brooklin Hiatt, Katheryn Gibson, Hailie Midlam, Chloe Hickey; and kneeling, Arianna Huecker, Cassidy Robinson, Claire Eubank and Harper Bubeck. (Linda Moody photo)

ANSONIA—Just when one would think that a group of young ladies who have done so much already to help out their community, is still going over the top to fulfill their duties.

Yes, Girl Scout Troop No. 3077 this week unveiled the Helpful Hands Cupboard at Ansonia Local Schools.

“This cupboard is located near Officer Young’s desk near the main entrance,” said Scout Leader Co-Leader Stacy Gibson. “The cupboard will be stocked with items any student may need free of charge.”

Gibson said the items that can be found in this cupboard include, but not limited to, personal hygiene products, such as soap, shampoo, deodorant and feminine care products; toothpaste; and much more.

“Some other items that can be found in the cupboard are hats and gloves, extra school supplies and many other importants things,” Gibson added.

The troop, she noted, presented their idea to PJ Burgett, the new superintendent, a couple of months ago and, since then, has made this a reality for all peers at the school.

“In order to maintain this cupboard, we do ask that the community help us out with donations when and if possible,” she added. “Donations can be accepted at the school or can be dropped off to any Girl Scout No. 3077 member. Donations can also be made by calling me at 937-467-0940. We hope this cupboard has a real good impact on these kids. Please encourage your students to take the items in the cupboard whenever needed.”

In an earlier project this year, the same troop cleaned up litter along the route from the school to the Ansonia American Legion one day after school and they also donated 50 cases of water to the Ansonia Fire Department in another project.

Gibson said the troop donated the water as part of its community service giving-back program.

“Last year, the fire department presented an educational program for us, and we wanted to give back to them,” she said in an earlier interview. “We decided to do this with a portion of our Girl Scout cookie money. It is the only fund-raiser we have. Our troop sold more than 1,500 boxes of cookies this year.”