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Troop 1953 Girl Scouts Brought Cheer to Shelter Residents
Troop 1953 redecorated the TV Room at the Stepping Stones Homeless Shelter. Photographer: Diyana Sanders
Girl scouts from North Potomac's Troop 1953 wanted to do some good for the community as part of their Silver Award and decided to redecorate the TV room in the Stepping Stones Shelter for homeless men, women and children in Rockville, MD to make it more welcoming.
Led by troop leaders Diyana Sanders and Jane Lin and assisted by fellow parents Howard Yang and Niranjan Gunaratnam, the eight girl scouts transformed a room into a bright and cheerful place.
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How Troop 1953 Redecorated the Room
First the troop held a yard sale that raised about $350 for the project, helped by donations from friends and families. They began by prepping the room for painting - moving the furniture out, covering the rest and taping the edges of the walls. They painted the room a soft yellow hue. A few weeks later, the girls returned with new blinds and curtains, swapped the entertainment table for a newer coffee table and spruced the room up with little touches -lamp, flower arrangement, paintings, vase filled with sand/shells and candles, decorative baskets and candy dish.
|The room was transformed into a warm and welcoming place, just in time for the holidays! For the eight girls, all ninth graders who have been together since second grade, it was a true labor of love. "We went in there with the goal of brightening someone else's life," said Pallavi Malla (one of the girls from Troop 1953). "But as it turned out, it brightened our lives instead." |
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