Prairie Village Girl Scout Troop 580 is bring joy to the feet of more than 260 people using the services at Operation Breakthrough this year.
The 23 girls belonging to the troop based at Corinth Elementary collected 259 pairs of new shoes and money to buy more and delivered them this week to the Kansas City organization that provides quality childcare for the children of the working poor, emergency aid and other services.
“We also toured the facility and saw the very moving video about Operation Breakthrough and the circumstances surrounding the children that go there,” said Julie Blumenthal, one of the Troop 580 moms. “Our goal was 100 pairs, so we are really pleased with our Girl Scouts.”
In soliciting help, the Girl Scouts provided a letter to donors outlining the services provided by Operation Breakthrough as well as the types and sizes of shoes needed. The girls then picked up the shoes at donor’s homes.
People also could donate $25 so the girls could purchase shoes on their behalf.
In addition to shoes, the Operation Breakthrough staff said other pressing needs at the facility include bibs; unscented baby wipes; pacifiers-6 months and up; Vasoline-petroleum jelly for babies, and sizes 4, 5, and 6 boys and girls pants.