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By Carmen Ensinger
Members of Carrollton Girl Scout Troop 6110 decided to use the profits from their Girl Scout Cookie sales this year to start a Free Community Pantry for the people of the Carrollton Community.
Troop Leader Tonya Hunn said that it was her Troop’s idea to start up the pantry.
“They wanted to do something for our town since there is no grocery store,” Hunn said. “The girls and us wanted to help everyone in the community, especially the ones that have no transportation to get to other towns for food.”
To kick off their food pantry, the girls of Troop 6110 held a fundraiser in front of Pharmacy Plus Saturday morning.
“The girls had cookies and cupcakes along with lemonade,” Hunn said. “Anyone who brought four can goods received a free cookie or cupcake and a glass of lemonade or we also accepted monetary donations.”
The free community pantry will be located at the Carrollton Public Library and will open to the residents next month (May) with a date still to be determined.
“Since we will be providing food items to the residents who might be in need, the library has said they will also match us with a blessing box,” Hunn said. “Their blessing box will have toilet paper, shampoo and other hygiene items that someone may need as well.”
This coming Saturday the girls will be set up in front of the library from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. during Junk in the Trunk. Since it starts so early in the morning, they will be offering Big Boy donuts and coffee or lemonade for donations of canned goods or non-perishable items or even a monetary donation.
While one goal of the project might be to help stop hunger in the community, the overall goal of the project is much more lofty.
“I am trying to teach the children that community means family,” Hunn said. “Family and community means a lot to me and being a part of a community is like being a part of a huge family.”
Hunn is assisted with Troop 6110 by Kacie Green. Members of the Troop include: Layla Hunn, Bella Harden, Dixie Harris, Susan Bowman, Jessica Crain and Faith Carrington.