BONAVISTA AND TRINITY BAY NORTH, NL — Girl guides on the Bonavista Peninsula learned about the importance of giving and helping others this holiday season, as groups in Trinity Bay North and Bonavista donated 98 stockings to those in need during Christmas.
Marsha Goodyear is the Girls Guides Discovery District commissioner. She told the Packet the groups on the peninsula take in guides of all ages from Bonavista, Trinity Bay North and the Trinity Bight area.
The Catalina unit, which includes Port Rexton, is one multi-group that includes Sparks, Brownies, Guides and Pathfinders. There are 45 guides in Bonavista and 31 in Catalina.
She says the project to donate stockings, called “Stuff a Stocking” is linked to Girl Guides Canada’s National Service Project “Action on Poverty.”
Goodyear says they’ve already donated purses with personal care items, and this year they concentrated on kids.
Community groups like the Port Rexton Lions Club, Catalina Elementary and Bonavista school representatives distributed the stockings to families who were in need, and each stocking was tailored to the appropriate age and gender.
They ended up with more than one stocking per girl because, after posting to the community on social media, they received donations from people, businesses and other groups like Women’s Institute and Eastern Health.
“For (the Guides) it was just to let them know there are kids out there that have less than they do,” said Goodyear. “We explained to them why we were doing it, to make a child’s Christmas a little bit brighter.”
Goodyear says the Guides learned about compassion — all while doing good in their own community.
“A huge part of our program is community service,” she said.
“Every year we do a service project but this one seemed special to us. It was a big success … Guiding is strong in the area. Not only are the girls having fun but they’re learning a lot as well.”