When Scotland Elementary School’s Junior Girl Scout Troop #50296 learned about the devastation the bushfires caused in so many areas of Australia, leaving thousands of animals injured and displaced, they knew they had to act. As animal lovers, working toward their Girl Scout Bronze Award in Animal Care, Education and Protection, they decided to find a way to reach those people helping the surviving animals.
The girls contacted Girl Guides of Australia, the equivalent of USA Girl Scouts, learned what areas of Australia were most affected by the bushfires, and needed most assistance — and decided on what they could do to help. They made fleece blankets to help injured animals feel comfortable and secure while healing. They also reached out to Nancy O’Connell of Nancy O’s. Nancy agreed to help, and in doing so impressed upon the girls how kind, giving and reactive the Ridgefield community is.