Scouts collect donations for pet rescues this holiday season

Otters and Chipmunks in front of their Giving Tree at Pets & Friends.

WEST GROVE, PA – Otters and Chipmunks from the 64th Brandywine Baden-Powell Service Association (BPSA-US) trimmed their annual “Giving Tree” at the Pets & Friends store in Jenners Village Shopping Center this week.

Scouts decorated the Holiday Giving Tree with their own handmade tags that identify requests for local pet rescues and shelters. Throughout the holiday season, shoppers can select a tag and purchase or provide the item for donation. Scout families will sort and deliver the gifts to participating organizations.

Pet rescue groups need dog and cat food, collars, leashes, beds, and so much more. Donations to this year’s Giving Tree benefit several local rescue organizations and shelters: Greenmore Farm Animal Rescue, Senior Dog Haven & Hospice, LaMancha Animal Rescue, Four Paws Rescue and Shelter, Free to Be Dog Haven, and Angel Wings Kitty Rescue.

The 64th Brandywine Otters have participated in the service project for 5 years. “It’s challenging to find age-appropriate ways to give back to the community,” says Otter Leader Victoria Grimme. “This project combines crafts and animals, two of our favorite things.”  

Members of the community can visit the tree and leave donations until December 24 at Pets & Friends, 51 Jenners Village Center, West Grove, PA 19390, during regular business hours.

About the BPSA

BPSA-US was formed in the U.S. in 2006 as a co-ed, inclusive, secular and traditional Scouting association. The association continues the principles and practices of Scouting laid down by Robert Baden-Powell in 1907. BPSA-US is not affiliated with either Scouts BSA or the Girls Scouts of the USA. BPSA-US is a member of the World Federation of Independent Scouts (WFIS). The 64th Brandywine has been scouting in southern Chester County for over 5 years.

For more information, please contact Victoria Martin Grimme, scoutmaster@64thbrandywine.org or 610-563-4003.

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