White Plains Girl Scouts Team With Seniors To Make Activity Kits For The Homebound

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The “Heart of the Hudson” Girl Scout troop is on a mission.

The White Plains scouts sold 3,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to buy lunch and art supplies for their visit to a senior center in Woodside, Queens.

Together, the scouts and seniors made gift bags for homebound senior citizens. Victoria McGuire came up with the idea to pay it forward.

“Seeing their face, how it lights up, it makes me feel proud that I’m doing something nice for someone else,” she said.

The “Spring Into Life” activity kit featured a plant, jewelry kit, discussion cards and a journal.

It is all part of a 3-year project to earn the Gold Award badge, but Victoria’s mother said the benefits are already obvious.

“In watching them grow throughout the years in their confidence level, they’re really becoming young ladies and being able to give of themselves and that’s been the biggest piece for them,” Sherri Zabko McGuire said.

The whole experience turned into a caring and productive visit that made for a special day.

“It was great, it was the best for me,” senior Margerita Barbosa said.

And the Girl Scouts got plenty out of the experience as well.

“When I graduate from high school and I go to college, I know that I’ll be able to do just about anything,” Victoria said.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • Fiona

    great job victoria! congratulations!! <333

  • Lourdes

    Great job Victoria. We love you. You have such great leaders in your troop who help teach you great values.

  • gramdma Donna

    I’m very proud of you Victoria but I always am love
    Grandma Donna

  • Kate and Terry

    Victoria was so well spoken, we see a TV career in her future.

  • Sherri and Chris McGuire

    We would like to thank VNSNY CHOICE and Debbie Stricoff for making this event possible. Without their support, encouragement and resources we would not have been able to achieve our goals. Thank you again for helping us help our children grow.

    • Debbie Stricoff

      It’s our pleaseure to have all of you at the center. So proud of Victoria! It’s wonderful to see the growth in the girls over the years and our seniors LOVE this special time with them. The Cub Scouts were a great addition this year. We’re already looking forward to next year!

  • Marguerite

    Great job Victoria! So proud of you (and Sherri, Chris and all the Scouts)

  • John McGuire

    Grandma and I are so proud of you and your friends for all the work you put into the project to bring a little happiness to us old folks.

  • Annie

    Great job Victoria, Sherri & all the scouts (you too Chris!) xoxo

  • Megan

    So proud of you Victoria!

  • Sherri

    Great Job Victoria!

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