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Elgin Troop 6535 Girl Scout Juniors Kenlin Schmitt, Valerie Boleyn, and Emma Cram

A portion of the Girl Scout Promise is “to help people at all times.”  

Elgin Troop 6535 Girl Scout Juniors Kenlin Schmitt, Valerie Boleyn, and Emma Cram are inviting the public to help them provide assistance to the Domestic Abuse Resource Center at Helping Services for Northeast Iowa.

The three Valley Elementary students will be placing drop-off boxes at Kerndt Brothers Savings Banks in West Union and Clermont, Elgin State Bank, Bank 1st of West Union, Elgin IGA, Quillin’s in West Union, and Gas Gauge in Wadena. From Thursday, May 15, through Saturday, June 14, the public is asked to drop off nonperishable items, cleaning supplies, diapers (sizes 3-5), baby wipes, and/or pull-ups in the boxes to be later distributed to the local Domestic Abuse Resource Center.

“We are greatly appreciative of this project planned by these three young ladies, which will assist victims of domestic violence,” said Teresa Dehning, volunteer program coordinator advocate for Helping Services for Northeast Iowa. “

The fundraising project was designed by the three friends working together as a team to earn the Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can earn. As part of the Bronze Award, participating Girl Scouts must each perform 20 hours of community service. At the same time, they must each keep track of a log.

During the project, Kenlin, 9, will manage the food drive. Meanwhile 10-year-old Emma will be in charge of collecting the cleaning supplies, and Valerie, also 10, will supervise the collection of the baby items. The three Girl Scouts will collect the items from the drop-off boxes each Friday.

Dehning noted that other community members are invited to lead other service projects such as making or collecting hand-tied/sewn quilts, fully loaded backpacks, one-box meal kits, or doting totes. For additional ideas and needed items, visit

For additional information on service project ideas or to organize a donation drive or fundrasing event, contact Dehning at


This article was originally published in the Fayette County Newspapers and was posted on our blog with their permission.

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