Brownie Troop 1084 in Independence recently made and donated 50 stuffed bears to Children’s Mercy Hospital as one of its service projects.

Brownie Troop 1084 in Independence recently made and donated 50 stuffed bears to Children’s Mercy Hospital as one of its service projects. Troop Leader Karen Nordsieck made the bears while the girls stuffed each one at two of the troop’s yearly campouts. In addition, the girls are collecting dues each week and will be sending the money to Animals Best Friends. This is the second year the troop has donated to Animals Best Friends.

Where did the idea come from to make teddy bears to donate to Children’s Mercy Hospital?
I made teddy bears for the girls last Christmas and the girls thought we should make them for the children in the hospital. Some of the girls had been patients or had family members that had been.

How often do you and troop members participate in community service projects during the year?
Several times each year, and the reason why it is important for the girls to learn to give of themselves to people in need.

Why do you think the girls enjoy giving back to their community?
It gives them a sense of accomplishment and makes them feel good about themselves. Some of our girls do not have a lot themselves and it makes me very proud that they want to do for others.

Why do you believe it is beneficial for not only your troop, but other children to start learning how to give something back to their community?
If children do not learn to give back in their youth they most likely will not as adults. Children have a great capacity to give and you need to nurture that to help them grow up to be great adults.