Girl Scout Cadette Troop 30457 from Cedar Lake Service Unit 308 collected and delivered items to the Indiana Veterans Home in West Lafayette as their Silver Award project. The Silver Award is the highest achievable award for the Cadette Girl Scout. Their project was to help stock a cart that is supplied by the American Legion Auxiliary with items not normally available at the home for the residents. Ramen noodles, pudding, microwave popcorn, Vienna sausages, chips, snack cakes, batteries, socks and toiletries were among the items. Collection sites included Hanover Middle School, Lincoln and Wanatah elementary schools, LaCrosse High School and Strack and Van Til stores in both Schererville and Cedar Lake. The girls' families also contributed to their collection.
Customers at the grocers were given lists with items needed and combined with collection boxes at the schools. More than 4500 individual items filled a 12'x8' trailer. Terri Rene, the American Legion Auxiliary member, was happy to have her pantry at the Indiana Veterans Home restocked. The girls also provided a check for $200 from cash donations received along with gift cards to Sam's Club and Target donated to the Troop by the stores.
The girls spent the entire day handing out items to the residents who were very happy to see them. All of the residents also received hand made notes of thanks, from the girls, for their service to our country. There are about 230 residents at the Indiana Veterans Home and care ranges from intermediate, with nursing staff, to a dementia ward, to an apartment style living for those who are able.