Tournaments, concerts, bake sales, and races – our youth supporters do it all! We recently heard from Chicago-area Girl Scouts about their efforts to raise funds to help end malaria. After hearing about Nothing But Nets on television and checking out our website, the Junior Girl Scouts Troop 1635 decided they wanted to do a bake sale fundraiser to purchase life-saving bed nets for this year’s service project. The fourth-grade girls put their heads together and decided to sell all kinds of goodies after mass at St. Thecla church.
First the girls made posters to announce their bake sale on May 2-3. For two nights prior to the sale, all eight girls pitched in to make delicious and creative treats such as chocolate-dipped strawberries, pretzels and marshmallows on a stick, cookies, Rice Krispie Treats, frosted cookies, and a special trail mix! Everyone took turns helping out during the sale, and the support they received was beyond expectations! After only four masses, the girls made $350 and realize they could send a donation that would purchase 35 bed nets to help African families.
Time and time again, the Nothing But Nets team hears about the ingenuity and dedication of youth across the country to raise funds and awareness for anti-malarial bed nets. It’s truly amazing how easy it is for everyone to understand the impact of a net! Personally, I find there’s nothing more inspiring than youth who want to help children in need across the world.
Keep it up Troop 1635! Your efforts have certainly made a difference in the fight against malaria.