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Anonymous donation gives Girl Scouts a chance to give back

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Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2011 12:00 pm

An anonymous donation to Girl Scout Troop 470 has gone to good use, now all that's left is saying thank you to whomever in the community made a special service project possible.

Last December, Troop 470 received an anonymous donation of more than $1,000.

"We had no idea where the money came from, or if it was for any specific purpose, or anything," said Rae Miyasaki, a co-leader of the troop. "It was donated through the council so we have no idea where it came from."

Because the girls are all 14 or 15 years old, they've become more of a service oriented troop over the years. A few years ago they made hats and scarves for the homeless and put together hygiene kits. When they received this donation they decided to do the same, but on a much larger scale.

"We really felt like we wanted to do something," Miyasaki said. "The girls really felt they were lucky and fortunate to have this money and be able to do some good with it. We just want whomever donated the money to know how grateful we are."

The girls were able to put together 50 kits for the homeless and buy items like shampoo, tooth paste, a hair brush and tooth brush for the homeless.

"I was really excited about it because it's a nice way to give back to the community," said Katelyn Miyaksaki, 15. "We live in a really nice community so it's nice to be able to help out.

"Thanks to someone who helped us out with this, we were really able to give back. Our troop has been very service oriented for a while now, but because of lack of funds it's hard to do many things on this scale, so it was nice to be able to do that."

It took hours to make the hats and scarves, but the girls say they were excited for the opportunity.

"I feel like we're going to help a lot of people," said Carmela Chaney, 14. "I know that I'm really fortunate and it's really good for us to help the less fortunate to have the basic necessities that we take for granted every day. The donation allowed us to put together all these baskets and help a good 50 people. I would not be able to thank whomever donated this money enough."

Troop leaders say donations like this are rare, but it was great to be able to see the girls get so excited about such a large project. They just want the donor to know, it went to good use.

"Thank you," Rae said. "It was a surprise and it has provided the girls an opportunity to give back. It was a large donation and we're very thankful. It feels good to give, and the girls were able to feel that."

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com

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