SIKESTON - Southeast Missouri has long known of the service provided by the members of local Girl Scouts, now the nation does too.
This weekend's edition of USA Weekend magazine, a regular feature of the Standard Democrat, includes the names of groups and projects conducted during the 13th annual Make A Difference Day. Honored from Sikeston was the Cotton Boll Area Girl Scouts.
Make A Difference Day, which was conducted Oct. 25, 2003, was the largest day of community service. For their part, the Cotton Boll Girl Scouts and other volunteers collected personal hygiene items which were then distributed to local family service agencies and crisis shelters.
"The items collected by the girls are usually not provided to needy families through food stamps or other food collection efforts and is a real benefit to the agencies we provided the supplies to," noted organizers in explaining their work to the Make A Difference program. "In helping the families maintain hygiene efforts in a time of crisis, we hope to help them regain their job or some stability sooner."
Other area honorees included Girl Scout Troop 202 of the Cotton Boll Area Council, Poplar Bluff; Delta Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, Cub Scout Pack 200, Den 14, Dexter; and the honor society Phi Kappa Phi at Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau.
"Nationally, the 13th Make A Difference Day, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003, was a tremendous success," said Pamela Brown, Make A Difference Day editor. "More than three million participated in thousands of service projects on that one day."