SALEM - Some Salem girl scouts are celebrating the holiday season by sharing nourishment, warmth and song with the community, starting with Thanksgiving lunches for children at the Banquet in Salem.
Members of Girl Scout Troop 80558 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church recently formed an assembly line to fill 50 lunch bags with tuna fish, applesauce, potato chips, granola bars and pudding. The bags decorated for Thanksgiving will be distributed to children during the Banquet in Salem Monday night.
The Banquet is a free meal with fellowship held every Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Salem Memorial Building, with different sponsors taking responsibility for preparing and serving the meal. The Banquet also offers a meal once a month on the fourth Thursday.
Pastor Alan Smearsoll of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church helps girl scouts Olivia Hoffman and Emma Hammers pack a sack lunch to be distributed to children during the Banquet in Salem from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday. Girl Scout Troop 80558 at the church assembled the take-home lunches as a way to share their blessings for Thanksgiving week. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)
Emmanuel Lutheran Church is a sponsor for the Banquet and Pastor Alan Smearsoll said the bagged lunches are an act of kindness from the girl scouts. Troop co-leader Kim Hoffman said it's "just a way for the girl scout troop to say thanks this Thanksgiving to the community."
Hoffman shares Troop Leader duties with co-leader Angela McCoy. The troop includes 26 girls of all levels from Daisies through Cadets and all age groups from kindergarten through seventh grade.
"We're trying to teach the girls to be thankful for what they have and the fact that they're fortunate enough to be able to share with those less fortunate," Hoffman said.
In a joint project with the church youth group, the girl scouts are making no-sew throws and going caroling on Dec. 9 to deliver the blankets to home bound members of the church congregation, both in private homes and nursing homes.
"Just a little gift from the church to them," she said.
The Banquet in Salem is always looking for new sponsors. Call Patty Colian at 330-831-2169 for information.