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What can we do to help?  The sad news is this email is that GSUSA has said that there may have been 2 Girl Scout Troops in one of the World Trade Center buildings when it collapsed.  I like #3--making cards to send, and #7, the supplies the rescue crews need. Thanks -- Christie

Below is a copy of an email newsletter I received:

Scouting Links Newsletter – Sept. 17, 2001- Issue #110
Registered: Library of Congress, Washington DC - ISSN: 1529-1987

Editor’s Ramblings
My deepest sympathy goes out to all of the families of the victims of Tuesday’s tragedy.  My heart just breaks for all the children, spouses and friends that have lost a loved one or have someone who is injured and in the hospital. 

The entire world has been affected by the horrific events of September 11.  The outpouring of love and support from the US and abroad has been amazing.  Those of us in the New York and Washington areas, as well as the families of the people who perished on the planes, have been most horribly affected.  The US is a powerful country and we never thought that this could happen here.  But it did.  Let us remember that it was a small group of fanatics that caused this.  Terrorists, by
definition, hide in the shadows.  They do not represent a legitimate government, country or race. 

There are many, many Girl Scouts/Guides of middle-eastern descent.  Are they no longer our sisters?  Of course not!  This is a time for all Girl Scouts/Guides to pull together and not let fear drag us down into bigotry.  In addition to praying for the dead, the survivors and the rescue workers, let’s pray that the leadership of the United States acts with courage, wisdom and compassion. 

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America Under Attack - Girl Scouts Seek Ways to Help
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1. From Campus Girl Scouts Information Center - mailto:campusgs@YAHOO.COM
Subject: Re: Sept. 11 - I created an account of what happened in New York and Washington DC for Junior-aged girls. It tells what happened and what's going on and what's important in simplified language.

2. From Billie - mailto:wsnell@SIUE.EDU To NY/Washington & Service for Girl Scouts.  Our area scouts are contributing Crisis care Kits ( to be sent to a Crisis Center in Pennsylvania - NCM-NWMS Relief Shipment
P.O. Box 117, Fawn Grove, PA 17321-0117, c/o Mr John Borgal,
Coordinator for Washington, DC):  The following items are being asked
for: Medium sized shampoo, bars of soap, medium toothpaste, toothbrushes, boxes of Band-Aids, fingernail clippers, emery boards, sturdy combs, hand towels, pocket sized facial tissues and Beanie Baby sized stuffed toys. We have asked our girls to ask various friends and adults to donate blood and then, seek cash donations for the American Red Cross.

Ed. Note:  Those of us in the NY area have been asked to please stop all
donations.  They have all they need right now and will let us know when they need more.  However, check with your local Emergency Management Office.  In Sussex County, NJ, the Sussex Emergency Management office is still taking donations.  This way they can properly equip their people before they get to the city. 

Also, Governor Guliani has issued a statement that there are NO LEGITIMATE email or phone solicitation efforts for NY Disaster Relief.  If you get an email or phone call soliciting funds, it’s a scam!

3. This appeared on the WAGGGS list:  If you or your unit would like
to send home-made cards to the New York hospitals in the area of the
World Trade Center, send them to:


4. From Cathy -
In light of what's been going on in our Nation, several of you have
emailed or phoned me asking "what can we do" or "what can our troop do"?  It is heartwarming to see the outpouring of concern.  I'm proud to be associated with you and Girl Scouts!

First of all, I'm happy to report that everyone at our National
Headquarters in NY is fine.  However, I've been told there may have been two Girl Scout troops inside the World Trade Center at the time of impact.

Here are some ideas for things you and your troops can do to help ...

FLAGS - The first and most important thing you and your girls can do is
FLY YOUR AMERICAN FLAGS!!!  Put them up as soon as it's daylight and take them down before it gets dark (unless you have a light shining on it).  If you can, fly them at half mast.  This is a great way to show that we are Americans and despite the tragedy, we are still UNITED as a nation.  And PASS THE WORD ON!!  Also put your Girl Scout flag, banner, etc. in your window to show your loyalty and dedication to our great organization.

RIBBONS - Put a large red, white, and blue bow or wreath on your car.  Or have your girls make red, white, and blue ribbons similar to those used during red ribbon week, breast cancer awareness, etc.  Pass them out to friends and family members in memory of those that have lost their lives during this horrendous tragedy, and encourage them to wear them.

BLOOD - Donate blood, and do so in your uniform.  If your girls are too
young to give blood, let them go with you when you donate.  Have them dress in uniform too.

COOKIES and JUICE - Take cookies and juice to local blood banks.  They are running very low!  If you have any left over Girl Scout cookies, take them!  If not, then regular cookies are fine.

HOSTESSES - many blood banks need people to assist in a variety of way including hostesses to pass out the cookies and juice, entertainment for those waiting patiently in line to donate, etc.

CARDS and LETTERS - your girls can write letters of support and send them to the Councils in those areas most hit.  If you need addresses, I have them.  If your girls are too young to write letters, they can draw
encouraging and happy pictures!  Let them know that we are thinking about them and praying for them.

DONATIONS - we are not allowed to collect money donations, but you can use your resources to convince folks to donate to the Red Cross, etc.  For instance, you can set up a booth outside the post office (ask for
permission first) to supply pre-addressed envelopes, stamps and ink pens.  Have them write the check right then and mail it.  You can pass out flyers with all the pertinent websites, phone numbers, and addresses, etc.

SHOEBOX KITS - collect items for personal hygiene kits like travel size
shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, hair brush, comb, nail clipper,
emery board, hand towel, wash cloth, pocket tissue, and small beanie like stuffed toy.  The Pennsylvania Crisis Care Center is collecting these kits and sending them to areas that need them most.

FOOD and CLOTHING - as with any disaster, many people will be in need of food and clothing.  You can collect these items and give them to your local Red Cross or Salvation Army.

PRAYER - please pray for those innocent victims that have died, those that are still trapped, those that gave their lives so that they could help
others, those that were able to walk away as their lives will never be the
same, and for the families of all of those involved.  Pray for our
President as he faces many difficult decisions.  Pray for those whose
families cannot return home due to airline flights being grounded.  Pray
for your own families ... this tragic event has effected everyone in some

I have received tons of emails with great suggestions for showing our
support on Friday, 9/14/2001.  Here's a summary - I hope you do some, if not all, of them!

Flags Across America - display your flags at home, at work, on your cars, everywhere!!

President Bush declares National Day of Prayer and Remembrance!  Take time out of your day to attend services of some sort.  Pray for our Nation, our Leaders, the families of those who were victimized by the horrific act of terrorism.

U.S. Pride Day - wear as much red, white, and blue as you can!

Drive with your headlights on!

Ribbons and Arm Bands - wear red, white, & blue ribbons, yellow ribbons, or purple ribbons.  Wear black arm bands.

I've created a new page on the Mountain View Service Unit site.
It contains addresses you can write to or donate to during this crisis.

Let me know if you have others you'd like see added.


If any of you have any other ideas, please share them with us!  And please keep me posted of what your troop decides to do if anything.

5. From Terri -
Here, on Long Island, many of our friends and family have been
personally touched by the attack on the World Trade Center. Many of
them are children who have lost parents or they have parents
participating in the rescue effort. Either way, they are children in

That's why we at have set up a program that is
appropriate for even very young children to lend their support. Help
your children, class, troop or group make patriotic paper
doll "Friends". Have children attach a message along with their first
name, age and city. Send the paper "Friends" to us and we will
distribute them to schools, firehouses and hospitals throughout the
metropolitan area. For more information visit our site:

Need help talking to your kids about terrorism?

6. These were on the Cub Scout Talk List:
Red Cross WTC Victim Information: 212-604-7285
WTC AON Employees: 203-863-6380
WTC Morgan Stanley Employees: 888-883-4391
Pentagon Employees: 1-877-663-6772
Fire Department Employees: 718-999-2541
Police Department Employees: 718-677-8238

St. Vincent's Hospital: 212-604-7285
Bellevue Hospital Center: 212-562-4141
Coler Memorial Hospital: 212-848-6300
Goldwater Memorial Hospital: 212-318-8000
Gouverneur Hospital D&TC: 212-238-7000

The Justice Department's Office of Victims of Crime has set
up a phone line to provide information to families about
victims and about services for survivors and their rights:

7. From the Outdoor Network
"Wondering what you can do to help with ongoing relief efforts in New
York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania?  Think you can't make a difference?  Think again!

The Outdoor Network has learned that AmeriCares -  a not-for-profit
disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization - needs the Outdoor Industry's help. Yesterday afternoon (September 11), AmeriCares' flew medical teams and medical supplies from Sikorsky Airport in Stratford, Connecticut, to the Wall Street Heli-Pad in lower Manhattan.  What surprised AmeriCares' is that medical supplies are NOT what is most needed.

According to Dana Waesche, an AmeriCares project manager, relief workers in lower Manhattan have an immediate need for the following items (items which are generally stocked by The Outdoor Network's thousands of readers):
- Clothing.
- Work Boots.
- Work Gloves.
- Flashlights.
- Batteries.
- Masks.

"When we got to ground zero, we discovered that there wasn't an immediate need for medical supplies," said Waesche, adding that a search and rescue crew that had left to find lunch for themselves and other S&R personnel had taken nearly two hours to return.  "All they could find were a few bags of potato chips; food that can not sustain people doing that sort of strenuous work."

With those thoughts in mind, Waesche noted that relief workers also
desperately need the following items:
- Energy Bars.
- Energy Drinks.
- Hydration Systems.

Anyone with access to large quantities of any of the above referenced
supplies should contact Dana Waesche at AmeriCares either by phone or e-mail: (203)972-5522;"

8. Other websites to check out: - Generous Americans by Gordon Sinclair (side note: Gordon Sinclair died in 1984) - Hear the Children Day of Peace, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2001 - A list of lots of Peace Days - This site has a link to the Red Cross to donate.  When you donate, it also asks if your company has a matching gifts program (mine does!).  Ed. Note:  This site belongs to the husband of a very good friend of mine.  It’s totally reputable and I’ve already made my donation!

Peace Corps: Kids -

Kids 4 Peace -

Kids Peace -

World Peace Project for Children -

KidCast for Peace -

9. Something to keep in mind, from the WAGGGS List:
Friends:  I am sure you have been receiving a lot of well-meaning e-mails  about hanging the flag, lighting a candle, wearing red, white, and blue, etc., in response to the events of Tuesday. This is my response. If you agree, feel free to pass it along. If people feel the need to light a candle, tie yellow a ribbon, hang the flag, wear red, white, and blue, that's all well and good.  But all of these things are symbols. The real way, in my mind, to take a stand against terrorism, is to NOT feed into terrorism. Don't begin to eye every foreigner, every person wearing a turban, every woman wearing the ritual Muslim clothing, with suspicion, fear, and prejudice. Don't start grouping all Muslims, all Arabs, all Palestinians as "the evil enemy."  Remember that hardly any of us can claim to be an original American. At some point, all of our forebearers were strangers in a land that allowed them to look different, speak a different language, honor a different culture, worship a different godhead. Don't be so overcome with fear and hate that your battle cry becomes, "Bomb them all!" If we take on this mentality, what really separates us from the thoughts and actions of those responsible for the attacks this past Tuesday? So go ahead, wave the flag, show your support for America, but don't in the process forget what America really stands for: freedom and justice for ALL.

10. Submitted by Lindi -
This was posted to the Girl Scout Trainers List by Debbie

Since many of you will be lighting candles of unity and hope in your
homes, schools, and Girl Scout meetings today, I am posting a script for
a Scouts' Own that was used in Girl Scouts of Chicago in 1976 as part of
troop bi-centennial celebrations.  It seems, with a few adaptations, it
would be appropriate for you to use today...

A Candlelight Scouts' Own

Narrator: It was a colonial custom to place a lighted candle in the
window to guide loved ones home.  Today, let us revive the custom and
place in the windows of our hearts a candle to guide our own thinking in understanding the many bounties that have been given to us in this
country.  As we recall some of these bounties, we will add ten candles
to brighten the beacon and help us impress upon our hearts the trust that is placed upon us.

#1: I light this candle for the community we live in and for the power
we have of striving to make it better for all of us.

#2: I light this candle for the homes in our community, for the homes
lived in, loved, and for the unafraid affection of families for each
other and their children.

#3: I light this candle for the open doors of schools, for the teachers
and volunteers in them, skilled, devoted, kindly and for the free inner
growth that we find there.

#4: I light this candle for the open doors of our houses of prayer, and
the freedom of worship for all who may stand with an uplifting song in
their hearts.

#5: I light this candle for our Girl Scouts, other youth and community
groups, and for their service to our community and to the welfare of

#6: I light this candle for the good earth, and for the working hands of
free women and men who sow, cultivate, and keep the harvest we enjoy.

#7: I light this candle for long rows of freely chosen books, old and
new in libraries everywhere with the hope that their words of wisdom,
courage, and delight may be more widely used.

#8: I light this candle for the right to free discussion, the right to
say what we as loyal Americans believe at our meetings, in our stores,
in newspapers, on our streets, in our school, in our offices and wherever
else we may gather, so long as our worlds do not endanger the welfare of our community and our nation.

#9: I light this candle for hope, a hope that time will come when the
American dream of respect and justice for all people of the world will
come true, when we will not hurt one another by word or deed because of what differences we have.

#10: I light this candle for hope, a hope that one day every child,
woman, and man in American and the world will have enough food,
clothing, shelter, and opportunity for creative growth and the hope that all may have the right to follow her own desire.

Narrator: These candles symbolize the many bounties that have been
given to us.  There are two ways of spreading light - to be the candle
or the mirror that reflects it.  Let us make our candles a lighthouse on
the hill, a beacon to guide us in appreciation.

As we reflect on these symbols, let us all stand and
recite our promise followed by singing_________________ .

(America, God Bless America, The National Anthem, or
Lift Every Voice and Sing.)

Written for the Girl Scouts of Chicago American Bi-Centennial
Celebration by Anita Alcatara

11. Submitted by Gloria -
Hi all thought this was a good site.
Light a Virtual Candle:

12. From: Marty Evans, National Executive Director, GSUSA (New York) Re: Ways Girl Scouts Can Help

Thank you for the outpouring of support to those of us at GSUSA and in
councils that have been directly impacted by the devastating events of
these past few days.

In the spirit of Girl Scouting, our Girl Scouts around the nation and
Girl Scouts and Girl Guides in other parts of the world have been asking what they can do to help in this crisis. Perhaps the group that most needs our appreciation and encouragement right now are the firefighters, EMTs, police, city officials, and volunteers who are still working on the rescue and recovery of the victims. We are asking Girl Scouts nationwide to write thank-you notes, letters, or cards to these brave men and women and send them to us at GSUSA Headquarters. We will distribute them to the NY and DC rescue workers in batches. Girls can also send email letters by going to the GSUSA Web site homepage and clicking on the appropriate link.

In addition, we are asking that all Girl Scouts begin wearing red, white
and blue ribbons, as well as to display the American flag at their homes and offices to show our solidarity and strength as Americans. Girls at all
age levels can make these ribbons and distribute them to people in their

We also encourage councils to join in or lead community efforts to hold
grief counseling sessions and provide other support for those who are
experiencing extreme stress related to these incidents. Encourage people in your community to give blood, not only now, but also in the coming months. Participate in local events and activities that meet the particular needs of your community; thus building up your own cities and towns and contributing to the collective strength of the nation. Our goal is to help girls channel their feelings about the attacks into activities that positively affect their communities.

At the bottom of this letter, we have attached a list of organizations
that are accepting all kinds of donations to help victims and their families, as well as the rescue efforts.

Today at 10:45 a.m., GSUSA held a "Girl Scouts Own" to give our
employees an opportunity to come together in a moment of silent reflection. The strong bonds that we have formed as Girl Scouts have been incredibly sustaining as we work through the shock and sorrow of these last four days. We all draw strength from knowing that Girl Scouts are committed to doing their best to help all those in need. This would be an important time to conduct a Girl Scouts' Own in your council, and at service unit and troop meetings.


American Red Cross Disaster Relief
Below is a guide to the best ways you can help the Red Cross in the
coming days and weeks.

Volunteers: The American Red Cross has thousands of trained volunteers ready to respond to disasters throughout the country. If you want to become trained in Red Cross Disaster Services, please contact your local chapter. At this time, the Red Cross is not asking for any new untrained volunteers.

Blood Donations: Due to the quick response from thousands who responded to immediate calls for help in the past 24 hours, blood supplies are in excellent condition for responding to the immediate need. If you want to give blood, please contact your local Red Cross chapter to make an appointment.

Locating Family & Friends: The priority of the Red Cross is providing
immediate disaster mass care and blood to victims and emergency workers in New York, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania. All inquiries regarding family members should be directed to your local Red Cross chapter.  Please be advised that the inquiry process will take some time given the magnitude of the tragedies.

Salvation Army National Corp
PO Box 269
615 Slaters Ln.
Alexandria, VA 22313
The Salvation Army's emergency food and aid vehicles and personnel are on-site at the crash sites assisting victims and emergency personnel.
Additionally, Salvation Army counselors and social workers are working with family members in Los Angeles and other areas.

Additional ways to help can be found at

13. Contact Numbers for the Pentagon Disaster:
Monetary donations for victims and/or their families may be made to one or more of three relief societies or funds. (NOTE: All three are "501(c)(3)" organizations under the Internal Revenue Code. As such, contributions may provide tax benefits as permitted by law for donors who itemize expenses for income tax reporting purposes).

-- The Army Emergency Relief Society, Alexandria, VA
Contact: Colonel Greg Mason at (703) 325-0463
 Internet web site:
 Name of Fund: The Pentagon Victims Fund

 -- The Navy & Marine Corps Relief Society, Arlington, VA
 Contact: Mr. John Alexander at (703) 696-4904
 Internet web site:
 Name of Fund: The Pentagon Assistance Fund

-- The Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund (FEEA), Littleton, CO
 Contact: 1-800-323-4140 or (303) 933-7580
 Internet web site:
 Name of Fund: The Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund
 Send checks to: FEEA World Trade Center/Pentagon Fund
 8441 W. Bowles Avenue, Suite 200, Littleton, CO 80123-9501

Donations of food and clothing for victims, victims’ families, or the Pentagon emergency response teams: Contact the Salvation Army at (703) 979-3380.

Donations of building equipment and materials: Contact the Pentagon
Renovation/ Emergency Operations Site (PENREN) at (703) 528-9524.

Donations of volunteer services at the emergency site (e.g., rubble removal):
Contact the Arlington County (Virginia) Emergency Operations Center at (703) 228-7506.

Information Technology Support: Contact Ms. Gen Loranger at the
Network Infrastructure Services Agency – Pentagon (NISA-P) at
(703) 695-3934.

14. From Karla -
Cards for the New York Fire Department:

250 Livingston Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

15. Here are some American Flag craft sites:

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