Topeka Girl Scouts compete for pizza party, earn badges in diaper donation effort

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TOPEKA (WIBW) -- Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low organized the first Girl Scouts troop on March 12, 1912, because she believed in the power of every girl. The Girl Scouts’ mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

While the 105th anniversary of the Girl Scouts is coming up soon.. Low’s birthday, Halloween, October 31st, is commemorated by the Girl Scouts as “Founder’s Day.” In honor of Founder’s Day, Topeka area Girl Scout took part in a service project and the Junior League of Topeka's Diaper Depot was the recipient of their efforts. Troops across the Topeka area were challenged to collect diapers or volunteer at the Junior League's Diaper Depot warehouse. The winning troop won a pizza party provided by JLT in early December.

Six different area troops participated in the event by hosting drives around the Topeka area or by volunteering at the warehouse. On October 30, Girl Scouts from the different troops in our area, along with their parents and troop leaders, volunteered to wrap diapers at our Diaper Depot warehouse. The Junior League hosted three two-hour shifts at the warehouse in which members explained what the Junior League is and how Diaper Depot helps our community. Members showed the Girl Scouts how to wrap diapers in preparation for distribution and the Scouts then got to wrap the diapers themselves! They topped off their shift with goodies donated by Shana Cake.

Sarah Jepson’s 2nd grade Brownie troop #1261 from Jay Shideler Elementary used this project to complete their Brownie Quest Leadership Journey where they learned to Discover, Connect and Take Action to make their community a better place. The 7 and 8 year olds hosted an eight-hour diaper booth at the Dillons on Urish Road on October 29th to collect diapers and monetary donations from shoppers. This troop alone collected over 4,000 diapers and over $600 in donations for the Diaper Depot.

Lindsay Munson’s kindergarten Daisy troop, also from Jay Shideler Elementary, collected over 500 diapers and $20 at a troop meeting and those scouts volunteered 2 hours at the warehouse wrapping diapers.

In all, 36 total Girl Scouts wrapped diapers, but many more participated in collecting diapers and money to donate. Topeka Girl Scouts donated a total of $838.79 (which will purchase about 4,000 diapers) and over 7,000 diapers for a grand total of nearly 11,000 diapers for the program.

Each girl that participated by either wrapping diapers or collecting at least 100 diapers earned a special Diaper Depot patch designed especially for the Junior League of Topeka to wear on their vests.

Brownie troop #1261, led by Sarah Jepson (who's also a proud Junior League member) won the contest by collecting 4,352 diapers and $604.79 totaling 6,771 diapers. JLT President Jennifer Sourk attended their troop meeting on December 4th and rewarded the girls with a pizza party -- and gave each girl their special patches.