Special To The Union
McKINLEYVILLE – ’Tis the season for Girl Scouts to get busy. One sign of that was the Holiday Craft Fair hosted by McKinleyville Troop 70181 at the Dow’s Prairie Grange on Thursday, Dec. 5.
Eighty girls representing 15 different troops including girls from Eureka, Willow Creek, Arcata, Trinidad and McKinleyville gathered to make nine take-away projects and enjoy a festive snack. This was the sixth year for what has now become an annual tradition.
Several of the Girl Scout Laws were put into practice at this event. The first one, “using resources wisely,” was met by utilizing many recycled materials for the crafts. A winter snowman decoration was made from 97 percent recyclables including some bottle tops and poker chips obtained from SCRAP Humboldt in Arcata. Cookimas Wreaths were also made from about 95 percent recyclables including cardboard, re-purposed beads and cut up artificial Christmas garland.
Girl Scouts helped “make the world a better place” by making over 160 holiday cards for the Senior Resource Center. Naturally, the Girl Scout law, “Be a sister to every Girl Scout,” was followed by the older scouts helping younger ones complete their projects.
The holiday season always keeps troops busy with service projects to the community now that the Fall Product Sales campaign is over. At the Dec. 2 Redwood Service Unit meeting for troop leaders in Arcata and McKinleyville, troops turned in their holiday stocking donations for the McKinleyville Family Resource Center. Other stockings and donations of mittens have been distributed directly to Arcata families by the girls on Food for People distribution days. The Eureka Program Office was also a drop-off point for the One Warm Coat project supporting the Eureka Rescue Mission.
On Dec. 1, McKinleyville/Arcata Troop 70126 baked 700 cookies at the Arcata Veterans Hall that will be distributed by the VWF and the American Legion to veterans in the Yountville Veterans Home.
Upcoming service projects include helping at the United Methodist Church of the Joyful Healer’s community craft fair on Saturday Dec. 14 and the 10th annual Christmas caroling walk at Ocean’s West for seniors on Sunday, Dec. 15, as well as tree recycling in January.
Watch for details about the tree recycling in the near future.