Girl Scouts provide shoes for homeless kidsPortola Valley sixth-grade Junior Girl Scout Troop 6174 delivered new shoes to 275 homeless children through the San Mateo Shelter Network during the holiday season.
The troop of seven girls — Ava Collat, Madison Lamar, Jennifer Buja, Lauren Kastanis, Amy White, Calista Malaird, and Kianna Cagan — visited the shelters, arranged to have the children's feet measured, then organized Girl Scout troops from Portola Valley, Menlo Park, Woodside and beyond to shop for each child.
The shoe project is in support of the girls' Bronze Award, the first step toward earning the Gold Award, the Girl Scout equivalent of the Boy Scout Eagle award.
The Portola Valley Girl Scout service unit has a goal this year of having every troop do a project to support Shelter Network, says spokesman Gayle Collat. The fifth-grade junior troop collected toiletries, and assembled and delivered the kits to the adult shelters in November.
Fourth-graders held a drive to provide Halloween costumes for kids in October. The second-grade Brownie troop donated new pillows with custom-decorated pillow cases to Redwood Family House.