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Council Launches Girl to Girl Disaster Relief Program


UPDATE: 5.8.14

We have had some specific requests from fellow Girl Scout families affected by last month's tornadoes in Mississippi.

Here is a list of items that have been specifically requested: 

  • Size 2t clothes
  • 7-8 toddler boys shoes
  • 4t girls clothes
  • YM girls shirts
  • Size 12 girls pants
  • Adult Medium shirts
  • Adult Medium sweat pants
  • Kids socks
  • Adults socks 
Please send all donations to the Girl Scouts Heart of the South Tupelo Regional Service Center at 1140 West Main Street Tupelo, MS 38802 in care of Emilie Hutcheson. You may also drop these off at any council location.   

When disaster strikes, Girl Scouts step up.

Following the outbreak of severe weather that has stretched from Oklahoma to Georgia, many people are looking to contribute to relief efforts. Girl Scouts Heart of the South is launching their Girl to Girl Disaster Relief Program to help girls affected by recent tornadoes and to aid in the healing process.

Knowing that many lost everyday comfort items, the council is also accepting the following at our Tupelo, Memphis and Jackson Regional Service Centers throughout the month of May. These items will benefit Girl Scouts Heart of the South members first, then will be offered to neighboring councils. We are requesting that all donated items are new.  

Girl Scouts donate Girl Scout Cookies
to the American Red Cross volunteers at the
BancorpSouth Arena aiding tornado victims.

  • backpacks
  • stuffed animals
  • books, journals, coloring books
  • crayons, jelly pens, sticker
  • throw blankets
  • plush pillows
  • fuzzy socks
  •  night lights
  • flip flops
  • nail polish, nail files, nail clippers
  • hair bows, hair ties, head bands
  • bubbles, travel board games
  • candy 
  • jelly bracelets
  • picture frames, disposable cameras

Girl Scouts Heart of the South has received no reports of loss or injury directly to any of their employees or council properties. However, we do know that many Girl Scout families in Lee and Winston County have suffered damage as a result of the storms, in some cases the loss is tremendous. 

For Girl Scout Families who have been affected by the recent tornadoes and need assistance, contact Emilie Hutcheson at 662.350.6044.

Girl Scouts and Disaster Relief

Girl Scouts of the USA has developed two program resources that demonstrate how the Girl Scout Leadership Experience supports girls as leaders in times of disaster. These resources give tips and examples for engaging girls who want to help.
For Girls (PDF) For Adults (PDF)

For Girls: What Can a Girl Scout Do When Disaster Strikes? (PDF)
A girl-friendly tip sheet that girls of all grade levels can use to channel their leadership experiences toward helping out in times of disaster.

For Adults: What Girl Scout Leadership Looks Like in Times of Disaster (PDF)
Developed for council staff and volunteers, this resource will help adults guide girls who want to know how they can help after a disaster.

Posted by News GSHS at 1:11 PM


4/29/2014 at 02:37 PM by C.Mathis

the links to the pdf's cannot be found.

4/29/2014 at 04:04 PM by Stacie mcmullen

What about helping clean up in areas as part of a community project? Is there a way we can find out about this too?

4/30/2014 at 10:07 AM by News GSHS

The links to the GSUSA program materials have been corrected. Stacie, Here are two potential opportunities to volunteer: American Red Cross The American Red Cross in Mississippi set up a shelter at the BancorpSouth Arena, located at 375 East Main Street in Tupelo, following the tornadoes. To volunteer or donate to the Red Cross, visit their website at - The Red Cross is taking donations at the BancorpSouth Arena. They need: Bottled water Diapers Blankets Tarps United Way of Northeast Mississippi If you would like to volunteer, you can receive assignments by contacting the United Way of Northeast Mississippi at 662-841-9133. They are working with the Emergency Operations Center as the official organization to coordinate relief efforts in Tupelo.

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