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Local Girl Scout Troop 4810 raises funds for local animal shelter

For the past month, local girls with Girl Scout Troop 4810 in Picayune raised money and made items to benefit the Pearl River County SPCA.

Troop Leader Jessica Waterman said that the girls, who attend grades K-6, put the proceeds from the sale of Girl Scout cookies over the past month into a fund that would help the shelter. They were able to raise $600, which will be doled out to the local shelter as needs arise. Waterman said those needs could include veterinarian bills, spay and neuter costs or any other expense the shelter may have. Waterman said they also plan to use the funds to assist Animal Advocates of Pearl River County with their expenses. Animal Advocates of Pearl River County often take in animals that have suffered a severe injury and provide the medical care needed to save the animal’s life.

The Girl Scouts made toys for the cats out of old socks filled with cotton and catnip and pull ropes for the dogs made out of braided old blankets. They also made cat scratchers out of the cardboard boxes the Girl Scout cookies were delivered in. This Saturday, the members of the Troop will present the toys and scratchers to the shelter for use by the pet population.

In addition, the girls were given a $100 budget, provided by a separate account with the Troop to purchase useful items for the shelter, such as burp cloths and baby wipes. Those items will also be provided to the shelter on Saturday.

Waterman said the girls learned about budgeting, creating useful things out of everyday items and allocating resources during this project. Those who were involved will receive a special surprise during the Troop’s end of year ceremony.

To join a Troop, visit gms.org.