Girl Scouts Celebrates Holiday by Giving Back to Family of Eight in Need


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Three Girl Scout troops made up of 32 Girl Scouts from Cumberland County did the unimaginable this holiday season they completed their Christmas wish list shopping in under one hour on Tuesday, Dec. 8th at the Capital City Mall in Camp Hill as part of the Mechanicsburg Foundation’s Project Legacy.

Daisy Troop 10571, Brownie Troop 20710, and Junior Troop 12085 decided to forgo a holiday party this year and instead use their funds to adopt a family of eight to give them a Christmas worth remembering.

“It is a mom with seven kids who needs it,” said Paiton Espinosa, 11, from Camp Hill. “It feels good to give back because you’re helping people.”

The 32 Girl Scouts were broken up into eight teams, one for each member of the family in need, given an envelope filled with money, and a wish list. They excitedly smelled all the candles, tried on all the jewelry, and picked out outfits for the family.

Their own holiday wish list didn’t even cross their minds as they eagerly budgeted out their allotted money and grabbed their shopping bags from the check-out counters. “Sharing is caring,” said Natalie Hoffman, 9, from Mechanicsburg as she hauls away her holiday finds for a teenage boy.

Their sharing didn’t stop at the mall though. On Tuesday, Nov. 27th at Cumberland Valley High School the girls were busy in the Consumer Family Science Department whipping up a holiday feast for the family.

The girls made two pans of lasagna, two pans of baked macaroni and cheese with ham, two pans chicken noodle casserole, four quarts of chili, loaves of bread, and two sheet cakes to give their adoptive family the best holiday.