A dozen Girl Scouts from Troop 411 had the chance to go on a shopping spree at Cottontails in Stony Brook for a good cause – using prize money that they won in the Ward Melville Heritage Organization's recent holiday contests.
The clothes they picked out will go to children in orphanages via the organization Clothes 4 Souls, for which Cottontails owner Kathy Pagano has been collecting clothing. "The troop was very enthusiastic and eager to make the perfect selection ... I hope the girls are proud of their choice to use the money to help less fortunate children living in orphanages all over the world," Pagano said.
After they picked out the clothes – totaling about $350 – the girls reflected on the experience, saying they learned from the experience. "I learned about giving," said Cassidy Turner, age 8. "It felt really good to know that I was helping someone."
"It was pretty fun because we got to choose an outfit but it was hard because you had to make some decisions," added Jennifer Cabrera, age 8. "It's not about shopping, it's about who you're giving it to."