Local Girl Scouts share Thanksgiving bounty

Sage Canyon’s eighth annual Girl Scouts Thanksgiving Project was held on Nov. 18 with 10 local Girl Scout troops and one Boy Scout Troop (Pack 765 from Sage Canyon) coming together to make the holiday special for 125 families in need.

The troops, representing Sage Canyon, Torrey Hills and Ocean Air schools, worked together to collect a variety of items to make a happy Thanksgiving meal — canned yams, beans, cranberry sauce, gravy, stuffing, tin foil, cooking oil and a gift card to purchase a turkey. At the packing party, the girls and boys decorated a card for the families and filled up their bags using a checklist. Parents helped tie up the bags with a bow and they were gifted to low-income families through Friends and Family Community Connections.

Through the project, the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts learned a valuable lesson about gratitude and the power of giving back.

“It’s hard to believe, although we live in a Carmel Valley ‘bubble,’ that there are so very many families struggling to put a thanksgiving meal on the table in our own backyard,” said Teresa Miller, who organized the project.

Miller thanked the girls and boys for doing a “tremndous job” bringing love to 125 families this year and for all the parents who helped make the project possible.

Photos by Karen Billing