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‘Giving Girls Gang’ keeps community smiling
The five members of the “Giving Girls Gang” aren’t much different than most other girls their age.
The group of second- and third-graders loves to get together, have sleepovers and play outside. But it’s what they’ve been doing over the past year that has really made a difference in their community.
Amelia Castner, Anna Mallon, Courtney Reeder, Madison Fissel and Megan Kaplin—or the “Giving Girls Gang” as they call themselves—have had the most fun together by helping others.
“My favorite thing is making people happy if they’re not feeling good or are sad,” said Megan. “It’s fun to help others.”
The Gang was formally started last year when the girls made valentine crafts for some of the senior citizens at Messiah Village. The group wanted to find a way to do something for others, because “helping others and making them happy makes us happy, too,” said Courtney.
Since then, they have kept quite busy, helping other people and the environment alike.
“For Earth Day, we went around and collected trash from our neighborhood,” Amelia said. “We found paper bags and recycled them and cleaned the trash from the streets.”
They have made book marks to give out at the library, created goodie bags for their teachers and created school buses out of boxes of candy for their bus drivers.
And that’s just what they have done in their first year.
The Gang already has a full agenda planned for the summer, including making care packages for soldiers and running a lemonade stand to raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.
“I’m most excited for the lemonade stand,” Amelia said. “We’ll get to raise money to give to help other people.”
The girls don’t plan to stop giving anytime soon. When they grow up, they all said they want a job where they can continue to help others—including a teacher and an owner of an animal adoption home.
They still have some time before they have to figure that out. For now, they’ll just keep giving as a gang.
“We just want to keep filling other people’s buckets,” Madison said. “We can keep filling others’ buckets by doing nice things for them. Just by doing that, our buckets will fill themselves.”
Christopher Hopkins is the assistant editor/web for Central Penn Parent.