By Jessica Tulpin
The local Girl Guide unit, 1st Langton Guides, took on a benevolent and heartwarming project this past November when they decided to send Christmas cards to Canadian soldiers overseas.
On November 14th, Norfolk Little People’s Daycare room where the troop meets was filled with giggling girls decorating festive cards with stickers, markers and glitter.
Some card designs were simple and some were downright flashy but each held the same sentiment — bringing joy to those serving our country in the Canadian Armed Forces. One Guide, Sammy Bartlett, 9, was happy to make as many cards as she could for the soldiers and commented, “I think they should deserve Christmas.”
When asked why the group decided to send the cards to soldiers, one leader said, “To show our appreciation, to wish them well and let them know we are thinking of them.”
Another leader, Jessica Vanderschee said, “We used to do Valentine’s for Vets, so we decided to switch it up this year. It’ll brighten their day.”
With a little help from Canada Post employee Jessi Halstead, a friend of the unit, the beautiful completed cards were placed in one big envelope and mailed to the Canadian Armed Forces base in Belleville for delivery around the world.
The unit meets every Tuesday evening to learn life skills and build relationships. Fourteen girls of various ages make up the unit along with leaders Crystal Bartlett, Christina Lounsbury, Linda Mudford and Jessica Vanderschee.
One major life lesson that is taught is how to give back to the community. Cards for Soldiers isn’t their only good deed — they also ran a food drive from Nov. 14th to Dec. 5th.
“We love community outreach projects,” said Vanderschee.
Each girl was challenged to collect ten canned food items and leaders kept track of donations on a weekly basis to help the girls earn a badge but more importantly, learn the merits of giving. All donations went to the Port Rowan Food Bank.