Fifteen local Girl Scouts, with a little help from their troop leaders, created 200 bag lunches for a local nonprofit on Nov. 13.
Members of Troop 4020 of Damascus assembled 400 ham and cheese sandwiches to place in bagged meals for the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, located in Rockville.
Troop leader Karen Love wanted the seventh-grade cadettes mostly from Baker Middle School in Damascus wanted to participate in a service project helping the community — and the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless felt right.
“For Thanksgiving, a time when people celebrate by eating, we thought it would be good to donate lunches to people who may not have enough to eat,” said Assistant Troop Leader Cherie Walker.
The lunches also included donated apples from Butler’s Orchard in Germantown, homemade brownies, granola bars and water.
After the girls put all 200 lunches together, the troop took them to MCCH, where they toured the facilities and learned about other ways to volunteer with the organization.
Annually between November and March, MCCH estimates the need for bagged lunches to be 200 for dinner and 200 for breakfast and lunch. According to online guidelines, ideal bag lunch donations contain two cold cut sandwiches on whole grain bread; a piece of fruit or applesauce; a snack; and 100 percent juice, water or soda.
MCCH accepts several kinds of donations; for more information on how to help with a group of your own, contact MCCH at 301-217-0314.