Easter Baskets for Food Bank – with an emphasis on tooth care

Tooth Care Easter BasketsTroop 60005 from California helps fulfill Food Pantry’s wish for Easter Baskets with less candy, more tooth care. The Girl Scouts of Moorpark, California have made Easter Baskets for families cared for by the local Food Pantry for the past couple of years. This year – the charity asked the girls to expand their Girl Scout service project to think about how to reduce the amount of candy – and help the kids with tooth care issues.

The Girl Scouts came up with several ideas including:

  • tooth brushes with cute, animal “bobble heads”
  • filling plastic eggs with sugar free gum
  • adding flossing sticks made just for kids
  • putting stickers inside Easter eggs (instead of candy)
  • making coloring “eggs” from re-used crayons
  • handing out chalk eggs in the baskets
  • putting in a thoughtful note about the Easter Bunny’s teeth
  • adding a kid friendly tube of tooth paste

Started in 2013 as a Silver Award project by a Moorpark Cadette troop, one of the older troops from the Service Unit usually heads up the project now – and collects hundreds of baskets each spring. The Girl Scouts of 20+ troops bring a basket or two from each member to a “drop off party” at a local pizza parlor. The restaurant donates 10% back to the project too. Girls Scouts often go to a dollar-type store to fill the baskets. “It’s a great way to budget and learn how to comparison shop (thus earning badges about dollars and sense.)” says leader Brenda Cusick. “It was quite a bit harder to think about how to make the basket fun AND more healthy this year” said Senior Brooke Cusick. “We still put in a couple of fun candy items – but were more thoughtful about that.”

IMG_5406Brenda Cusick, her Girl Scouts dressed her up like what a Girl Scout Leader “should look like”
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