By Francis Ortiz
Moapa Valley Progress
Brownie Scout Troop 254 from Perkins Elementary School delivered 110 warm coats, sweaters and hats to the Capplappa Family Resource Center (CFRC) Monday, Dec.13. The items were extra welcome gifts for local families with Christmas and cold weather right around the corner.
The donations were the culimination of a project that the Brownies had been working on for many weeks.
The girls originally started with several ideas for a troop project and selected gathering and donating warm clothing as the one they thought would be the biggest help to the community.
They put up flyers and collection boxes at different locations throughout Moapa Valley and Moapa Town, and began gathering donated coats, sweaters and hats on Nov. 10.
On Dec. 13, the Brownies sorted, counted and loaded the collected items into cars and then delivered them to Penny Vallone, CFRC director, and Tammy Kostner, case worker and client services director.
Vallone told the Brownies how welcome the donated items were to Cappalappa since they will provide anyone in need with an opportunity to have something warm for winter.
The Brownies were delighted with the outcome of their project. They set a goal of collecting 100 items. They exceeded that goal by 10, according to Kali Romero.
“What a great job we did, lets do it again next year,” she told the girls.
The Brownies wish to thank the drop-off box locations for their help including Days Remembered Flower Shop, Moapa Valley Credit Union, Moapa Town Library, Muddy River Bar and Grill and the Bank of America.
They also thanked all the community members who donated items.
Without the support of the community they would not have experienced the success that they did, Romero said.