Originally created 11/10/05

Girl Scouts collect donations to help Goodwill



When many people hear about the Girl Scouts, they think of Thin Mints, Samoas and Do-Si-Dos.

For several weeks, however, about 600 area Scouts collected items for the sixth annual Good Turn for Goodwill.

"(The Girl Scouts) collected clothing, books, toys, shoes and household items for Goodwill Industries," said Susan Simmons, the public relations director for the Girl Scouts, Central Savannah River Council. "It looks like they cleaned out their own closets and those of their friends."

The items were dropped off at several Goodwill Industries locations in Augusta, Aiken, North Augusta and Martinez on Oct. 29, Mrs. Simmons said.

Meg Thompson-Webb, the director of human resources for Goodwill Industries, says the Good Turn for Goodwill was a huge success.

She said that donations exceeded 12 tons and that they handed out 1,368 patches to the girls who participated. Ninety cents of every dollar raised through the program helps fund the Goodwill Industries' job training program.

During the past five years, Goodwill Industries has placed 5,347 people into the work force. This adds up to $109 million back into the economy, Mrs. Thompson-Webb said.

"It's so cute to see the girls come with their donated items," Mrs. Thompson-Webb said. "It teaches the young girls so many lessons, such as being thankful for what they do have and how donations impact the lives of those less fortunate."

Reach Rebecca A. Smith at 823-3552 or rebecca.smith@augustachronicle.com.