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Girl Scouts host 25th annual toy drive, Christmas tree lighting ceremony

MOOERS Girl Scouts from all five troops in the Mooers/Mooers Forks Service Unit joined together to host a toy drive and Christmas tree lighting Nov. 29. Meeting first in the dining room at Watson Memorial Senior Housing in Mooers, nearly 30 girls and their families assembled an impressive display of gifts destined for the Christmas Bureau. Amidst the pile of baby dolls, board games and puzzles, Jaclyn Poff, a Senior Girl Scout from Troop 4232, pointed to a Sudoku board game. I brought that, she explained, because its an intellectual game. Lisa Rivers, co-chair of the Service Unit, explained to the girls the collected toys would go to families in their own community who, due to lost jobs or other misfortunes, might not otherwise have a very merry Christmas. The girls then bundled up in hats and scarves and braved the icy wind for a short walk to the Mooers Free Library. Song sheets were distributed as the Christmas tree, donated by Leonard Swinton of Mooers, was lit. Following a brief prayer led by the Rev. Al Johnson of Mooers United Methodist Church, the girls sang carols, taking frequent breaks to hug and huddle together for warmth. The group wrapped up the caroling with Silent Night, then escaped back to the warmth of the dining room for hot chocolate, cookies and socializing. According to Ms. Rivers, the toy drive and tree lighting have been an annual event for 25 years. Its community service, said Ms. Rivers. Girl Scouts are all about service.

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