Naples, FL – The Salvation Army of Collier County was pleasantly surprised when a little knock upon their Social Services door at Horseshoe Drive welcomed an impressive delivery of four full shopping carts of donated personal care products and 47 boxes of cookies from the Gulfcoast Girl Scout Troop #368.
Two years ago, the same go-getter Girl Scout troop of little girls collected boxes and boxes of non-perishable foods for The Salvation Army Food Pantry. When the troop leader, Mary Ann Tracy, led them through The Salvation Army Food Pantry in Naples with Ashley Jones, the Director of Social Services, “the girls were quickly shocked that the shelves for personal care products and baby care essentials were empty. They know the importance of having toothpaste, toothbrushes, and soap, lotion, shampoo and baby diapers and couldn’t imagine not having it in their own home. So, the girls quickly organized a ‘Spring into Giving’ personal care collection drive to fix that problem and help our community!” shares Mary Ann Tracy.
The tradition has continued this year, with even more girls participating in 2017. The Girl Scouts combed through their neighborhoods tirelessly and successfully collected four shopping carts full of personal care products for The Salvation Army, which allowed them to earn their Bronze Award for this project.
“We are thankful for all our supporters, but we are especially grateful when a fine group of young ladies like Gulfcoast Girl Scout Troop #368 sees the need to help others in the community and follows through by collecting so many food and hygiene products to assist The Salvation Army in Collier County.” shares Major Dan Proctor, the Naples Regional Coordinator.
During the summer months, the Food Pantry is always in need of supplies, non-perishable donations, as well as personal care and baby products. In an effort to fill the Food Pantry, The Salvation Army is requesting any donations to be dropped-off at its Administrative Annex located at 3050 Horseshoe Drive North, Building B, Suite #260, Naples, Florida 34104, Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm.
Please consider donating the following:
- Canned food, canned meats such as salmon, chicken, and tuna.
- Packaged rice and pasta
- Canned Beans or dry packaged beans
- Peanut Butter
- Cereal and oatmeal
- Baby formula and canned baby food
- Evaporated, dry or shelf stable milk
- Canned or boxed soup
- Canned fruits and vegetables
- Personal hygiene items: shampoo, soap, lotion, toothpaste, sunscreen, toilet paper, feminine products and baby products.
The Salvation Army’s food pantry serves hundreds of clients in Collier County each month. Without the generous support of individuals, groups and schools in our community, the Army would not be able to meet the basic nutrition needs of these families.
The Salvation Army has been serving Collier County since 1981, with offices in Naples and Immokalee. Nearly 48,000 residents have been assisted annually.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church, established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a wide array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter for the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. Learn more about The Salvation Army in Collier County at www.SalvationArmyNaples.org.
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