Each of us at Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska is deeply saddened by the tragic events that occurred this week, so close to home in Oklahoma. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected because we know that such devastation is far-reaching and touches many, many lives.
In these times of tragedy, one thing remains constant: girls and grown-ups who are Girl Scouts have a remarkable way of rallying to lend a helping hand and to provide comfort and consolation to those in need. There is no doubt that will be the case once again, in fact, our members are already reaching out to make a difference.
We are seeing heartwarming messages on our social media about girls in Nebraska who are demonstrating kindness and compassion. A group of Girl Scouts from Bellevue (pictured below), raised more than $800 which they used to purchase supplies for the victims of the tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma.
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If you are interested in learning how you can help, please read the message below from Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez. Thank you.
From the desk of Anna Maria Chávez:
I stand with all Girl Scouts across the country and around the world in offering my thoughts and prayers to all of those who have been affected by the massive and devastating tornado that tore through the Oklahoma City area on Monday. As Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said, it was a tragic day for the people of her state and, indeed, for all of us, as the death toll now stands at 24 and includes a Girl Scout, who was a member of the Girl Scouts-Western Oklahoma Council.
All staff members of the Girl Scouts-Western Oklahoma Council, which is based in Oklahoma City, are accounted for and safe. The council appreciates all of the good wishes, but is unable to handle all of the calls and emails at this time. We ask that you not call or email the council, but instead check its website or Facebook and Twitter feeds for the latest information. The council also cannot accommodate material donations, such as blankets and other goods. Instead, the council has created the Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund that will help get troops back up and running, provide scholarships for program and camp participation, and offer other support to Girl Scouts in the affected areas. You can text the word GIRLS to 20222 to make a $10 donation. In addition, the council is encouraging girls to send messages or art in the shape of the Girl Scout trefoil that it will present this summer to Girl Scouts affected by the storm. Send your trefoil artwork to:
Girl Scouts-Western Oklahoma
Mary Nichols' Family Leadership Center
6100 N. Robinson Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK, 73118
I want to thank everyone for their thoughtful messages of caring and concern for our sisters at the Girl Scouts-Western Oklahoma Council. Even as we grieve for our sister Girl Scout and all those who lost their lives, we are sustained by the resilience of the human spirit and the knowledge that the people of Oklahoma will, in time, recover and rebuild. We have endured in the past year a number of terrible and tragic events, and throughout it all, Girl Scouts have shown remarkable courage, commitment, and leadership. I know that our girls and adult volunteers will do so again in the wake of this tragedy.
Anna Maria Chávez
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of the USA