Girl Scouts Unit 48 partnering with Legislator Sunderman to collect pet donations

Girl Scout Unit 48 and Legislator Sunderman have partnered up working alongside LI Cares to collect pet donations. The items collected at each drive will be donated to families in need that may not necessarily have money to feed their pets.

Long Island Cares was founded by the late Harry Chapin and brings together all available resources for the benefit of the hungry and food insecure on Long Island and, to the best of their ability, provide for the humanitarian needs of our community. Long Island Cares Pet Pantry was established in 2009 to assist families who are having difficulty purchasing pet food and supplies to avoid having to place their family pet in a shelter as a result of financial hardship. Hunger affects all family members including pets.

Girl Scouts leaders Michelle Clements, Amy Gosselin, Karen Rushford, and Kelly Marchese along with many Girl Scouts members weathered the cold to collect pet items on Sunday, March 4. The first drive was a success, collecting a total of 820 pounds of pet food!

Girl Scouts of the USA was chartered by the U.S. Congress on March 16, 1950, and is still going strong. Today, there are 1.8 million girl members and 800,000 adult members working primarily as volunteers who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. Being a part of Girl Scouts builds courage, confidence, and character. If you would like to become a volunteer, please check out their website at

“The Girl Scouts of the USA has such a positive impact on young girls in our community and communities throughout the country. They work very hard to make this world a better place by volunteering their time” said Sunderman.

The future pet drives will be Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, April 8 from 12 pm to 4 pm located at Shirley Feed, Montauk Highway, Shirley, NY  and Petland Discount in Southport Shopping Plaza, Shirley, NY. Come out and support our local Girl Scouts and the Baxter Pantry.

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