Local Girl Scout troop’s coat drive spans five weeks, brings in 10 bags
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
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A five-week coat drive done by girls from a local Girl Scout troop has resulted in 10 bags worth of coats, said local Girl Scout organizer Shannen Pawlowski.

Pawlowski’s daughter Chelsey Pawlowski and Kelly McGill are eighth graders at Trigg County Middle School and are in Girl Scout Troop 7130, and are working on a Silver Award, which requires them to make a difference in the community, Pawlowski said.

“My daughter saw a lot of kids without coats at school, and she and Kelly really wanted to help out with that,” said Pawlowski.

Over a five-week period, the troop got each of the schools as well as several local businesses, such as Dollar General and Bank of Cadiz, to put up collection boxes, with the official collection period ending Monday, Nov. 15, Pawlowski said, although she added that the kids are still accepting coats if people want to keep donating them.

Chelsey Pawlowski and McGill have “been so creative,” having put up 12 – 15 flyers all throughout town stating where people could donate coats, and they also went to garage sales to see if the people who organized those garage sales wanted to pitch in, Pawlowski said.

Although they have collected 10 bags worth of coats, they only got 25 kid’s coats, and their top priority was to collect coats for students that can’t afford their own coats, said Pawlowski.

“They really put their heart into it, and they were disappointed that they didn’t get more kid’s coats,” Pawlowski said. “I told them that one coat on one kid is enough.”

The troop has organized food and toy drives in Cadiz before, but this is the first year they have done a coat drive, said Pawlowski.

She also said that they will be handing out the coats from 4:30 - 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, at the Cadiz Baptist Church annex.

For more information, call 350-9626, or send an e-mail to girlscoutcoats@gmail.com.
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