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Muncy Girl Scout troop earning bronze award with blood drive

By Staff | May 6, 2015

PHOTO BY BARB BARRETT/The Luminary Muncy Girl Scout Troop 60392 held a blood drive on Saturday, April 25 with Geisinger Blood Center. (Left to right): Bill Kane, Geisinger Blood Center; Debra Ross, age 10; Cindy Shaw, Geisinger Blood Center; Lydia Bitler (front) age 10; Grace Vanna, age 11; Samantha Wilt, GS assistant leader; Morgan Wilt, 11; Natalie Thomas, 10; and Sabrina Cooper from Geisinger. Not there are Risa Rosario, Rebecca Rosario, Maddie Seese and Kendra Rough.

MUNCY – Members of Girl Scout 60392 in Muncy held a blood drive on Saturday, April 25 at the Pennsdale Trinity United Methodist Church.

The blood drive was sponsored by Geisinger Blood Center along with troop leaders Risa Rosario and Samantha Wilt.

The leaders agreed that this would be a nice project for the girls to do together so that they can earn their coveted bronze award which is the third highest award in Girl Scouts. The girls created a flyer, set up a Facebook page, greeted the donors and made sure they had beverages and snacks afterwards.

Their goal was to collect 25 units of blood. “One pint of blood saves 3 lives,” said Wilt as the girls held up the posters they made, and stood outside the church hoping to attract more donors.

The girls started to organize the event two months ago after they decided that it would be a suitable community based project for their award.

“They were very motivated,” said Rosario who works at Geisinger Medical Center’s pharmacy. They learned the importance of maintaining a steady supply of blood and how many people rely on blood products for surgeries and chemotherapy.

The troop meets the first and third Wednesday of every month at the church and during the summer months, they meet at Kiess Park.