WEST GROVE, PA – November 25, 2015 – Last Sunday afternoon the 64th Brandywine Otter Scouts of the Baden-Powell Service Association (BPSA) decorated their annual “Giving Tree” at the Pets & Friends store in Jenners Village Shopping Center.
A project started by Group Scoutmaster Victoria Grimme and Store Manager Jeanne McGlinchey in 2014, the Giving Tree is trimmed with handmade tags identifying requested donations for local pet rescues and shelters. Shoppers can select a tag and purchase or provide the item for donation. Donated items are placed under the tree. The Otter Scouts will collect and deliver the gifts to participating organizations.
“Last year’s project was a great success,” said scoutmaster Victoria Grimme. The group collected dog and cat food, collars, leashes, beds and more for rescued animals. “We hope to teach the young Otters that it is easy and fun to help out, especially during the holiday season.”
Donations to the Giving Tree benefit several local rescue organizations and shelters: Chester County SPCA, Greenmore Farm Animal Rescue, Senior Dog Haven & Hospice, CompAnimals Pet Rescue, LaMancha Animal Rescue, and Faithful Friends Animal Society.
Members of the community can visit the tree and leave donations throughout the holiday season at Pets & Friends, 51 Jenners Village Center, West Grove, PA 19390, during regular business hours.
The BPSA was formed in the U.S. in 2006 as a co-ed, inclusive, secular and traditional-style Scouting association. The association continues the principles and practices of Scouting laid down by Robert Baden-Powell in 1907. The BPSA is not affiliated with either the Boy Scouts of America or the Girls Scouts of the USA; the BPSA is a member of the World Federation of Independent Scouts (WFIS).
For more information, please contact Victoria Martin Grimme, firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-563-4003.
CAPTION: Otters add their tags to the Giving Tree.
CAPTION: Otters decorate the Giving Tree.
CAPTION: Otter Leader Tim Grimme and Otter Scouts at the Giving Tree. Back Row (L-R): Sara Ball, Brian Lightner, Dylan Ball, Henry Grimme, Zachary Swager, Nicolas Duca (behind), Jacob Kubilus. Front row (L-R): Sebastian Wojnar, Nicoli Morgan, Ronnie Bednarz, Evan Malitis, Dylan Anderson.
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