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Birthday Boxes are Girl Scout project

Kimball Food shelf receives 'Birthday Boxes' as part of a Girl Scout Gold Award Project

Recently Tara Matthiesen, a Senior at Kimball Area High School and an Ambassador Girl Scout, dropped off 20 Birthday Boxes at the Kimball Food Shelf as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest recognition that a Girl Scout from age 15-18, or in grades 10-12 may earn. This award recognizes the leadership, effort and impact the girl has had in her community. Only about 5 percent of girls take the rigorous path toward earning this prestigious award. Those who complete the journey, change the lives of others and their own in amazing and significant ways. Each Gold Award project must take a minimum of

65 community hours to complete.

Tara's project to receive this award was to make (put together) and deliver 20 "Birthday Boxes" to the Kimball Food Shelf. The average cost to put together one of the boxes is about $35.

A Birthday Box is a recycled box wrapped up like a giant present and contains everything a child needs to have a wonderful and fun-filled birthday party with seven of their friends. Birthday Boxes come in many different variations for any situation: 5-year-old boy, 11-year-old girl, and even Baby's First Birthday. The 20 different boxes that she has put together range from child's first Birthday to 15 years for both boys and girls.

These boxes where made possible with the approval of the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines Council. There were many kind donations given from Fairhaven Lions Club, Kimball Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts of Watkins, Girl Scouts of Eden Valley, Girl Scouts of Kimball, Kris O'Brien, Jenny Beehler, Pam Matthiesen and Tara's Cookie profits from selling Girl Scout Cookies for the past three years. Also, there was much time and effort of the many helpful volunteers who helped put these boxes together, along with making many Birthday Cards and Invitations.

The many items included in these wrapped boxes with bows on top are: table cloth, birthday candles, cake mix, frosting, "Happy Birthday" decoration, packet of wet ones, large garbage bag, centerpiece photo frame, eight birthday card invitations, one birthday gift and card (age and gender appropriate), place settings for eight includes plates, napkins, forks, cups, lemonade or koolaide, eight party bags for birthday child and guests, and folder containing information.

If you currently use the Food Shelf, you may get a box to use for that special child.