Girl Scouts proof giving back can start young

Published 5:29 pm Tuesday, March 14, 2017

In January, some may recall seeing colorful scarves and hats scattered about downtown Winchester.

Some were resting atop shrubs or parking signs and other were tightly wrapped around light posts or fences.

The cold-weather items were left by a group of young Clark Countians who are proof that giving back and making a difference can start at a young age.

For the second year, Girl Scout Troop 1890 collected scarves, hats, gloves and yarn to make cold-weather items throughout the year for its Chase The Chill project.

On Jan. 28, the troop distributed 80 items in various locations downtown. Each items had a tag that read, “Take this scarf if you’re cold or if you like it. Chase the Chill in Winchester, Ky.” By 6 p.m. that evening, nearly all of the items had been taken.

Some were likely taken by people who simply liked the accessory, but others were certainly taken by people who were in need. Fortunately, we haven’t had a brutally cold winter this year,  but these items will carry their owners through for winters to come.

It is inspiring to see young people learning the importance of giving back, and our local Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops are responsible for helping mold some bright future leaders.

We commend these young ladies for taking the time out of their days to make a difference, whether big or small, in the lives of at least 80 people that day. The troop leaders should also be applauded for their efforts to shape more active and involved citizens.

If you would like to help the troop with future projects, visit facebook.com/chasethechillwinchesterky.