Girl Scouts collecting funds, food for animal shelter

BELPRE – A group of Girl Scouts is collecting funds for the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley in Marietta to win an award.

“We are collecting any items that can benefit animals,” said Selena Wiggins, 10, a member of Girl Scouts Troop 3249.

Members Wiggins, Courtney Copeland, 10, and Amanda Freeland, 11, are collecting cat litter, dog and cat food, cleaning products and newspapers at three locations through Nov. 18.

Boxes are set up at the Belpre City Building on Park Avenue, the Belpre Senior Center on Washington Boulevard, Fingertips and Toes on Washington Boulevard and Christ Mission Baptist Church in Parkersburg.

The girls are working to earn their Bronze Star awards, which is the highest award a junior level Girl Scout can earn.

“We chose to collect items for the humane society because they don’t have enough money to help all of the animals they have to care for,” Copeland said.

For the last two years, the girls have been collecting and donating teddy bears to area hospitals.

Community service is a major focus of the Girl Scouts, said the troop’s leader Maxine Mobbs with the Girl Scouts.