Community Service: February 2011 Archives

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The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is having their 3rd Annual Bunny Chase 5K and Family Fun Festival Saturday, April 23, from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Medal of Honor Park in Mobile.

They are looking for some older Girl Scouts to help with face painting and hiding Easter eggs. If you or your troop would like to help, please let Erica Bass, know by Friday, April 15.


Girl Scout troops are also invited to register and run in the 5K or 1-Mile Fun Run.  Register online at

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Be a part of the Thin  Mint Sprint!
Volunteer opportunities still exist for older girls and adults to help make this event a success! Volunteers are needed to pass out water, cheer runners on, help with the Health Expo, and provide an extra hand wherever needed. If you are willing and able to serve, please contact Mary Anne Brutkiewicz (800-239-6636, ext. 1202) by Thursday, February 24.

Editor's Note: Mary Anne "ain't too proud to beg," so if you need some cajoling, just give her a call!

lifesouth.JPGHelping people by donating blood


The Girl Scout Promise includes the phrase "to help people at all times" and one way the Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama will be doing that by hosting a blood drive with LifeSouth Community Blood Centers at the 2011 Thin Mint Sprint 5K Run/Walk Expo, Saturday, Feb. 26 at 8 a.m. at Langan Municipal Park.


The event is a fund-raiser to renovate the dilapidated bathhouse at Camp Scoutshire Woods and to support programs and scholarships for Girl Scouts in 30 counties across Southern Alabama. There is also a free Health Expo that's open to the public from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.  There will be a LifeSouth Blood Drive taking place at the Health Expo from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Each Girl Scout that is responsible for at least five donors donating at the blood drive will receive a patch.


Donating blood is one way to help save lives in the community. All blood donated with LifeSouth goes to hospitals on Alabama's Gulf Coast. Donors must 17, or 16 with parental permission, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is also needed.


Troops or individual girls that are interested in earning this patch should get a form at the Mobile Service Center or contact: Ashley Petroutson at or 251-295-1709

Have you ever looked at the birds in your backyard, maybe even counted them?  Then you are all set to be a citizen-scientist and participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count during F
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eb 18-21.  All it takes is to spend 15 minutes tallying the different birds in your yard, neighborhood or other location sometime during the days of the Bird Count.  Then go to and enter the highest number of each type of bird you saw.

How does this help science?  When lots of people all over the country participate, we get a look at how bird populations change in number and location.  Scientists use this information to monitor bird health and migrations.

This could be a fun activity for a troop meeting, a family, or just time relaxing by yourself in the backyard.  More information  can be found at

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Give new life to old shoes!  Bring your gently-used athletic shoes to the Thin Mint Sprint on February 26.  Just tie the laces together to keep the shoes in pairs and drop them off -- they will land on the feet of someone who really needs them.

As an added bonus, Girl Scouts of South Alabama may receive a cash prize if we are among the top three schools or groups who donate the most shoes.

 The Many More Miles Campaign is a community project hosted by Baldwin Bone & Joint, P.C., and collects shoes for the homeless outreach programs of Wings of Life and Discovery Ministries.



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