Girl Scout Troop #43450 wants to make sure the Salvation Army has plenty of water stocked up for emergencies, but they need your help.
The troop of second, third, and fourth grade girls is hosting a bottled water drive in support of the Disaster Relief Services arm of the Salvation Army. Troop Co-leader Natalie Mandolfo tells WOWT 6 News the girls came up with the idea after they learned about our natural resources and the devastating potential of natural disasters.
Scout Gabbi told us if she didn't have access to water she'd be left "thirsty and dirty." She says her goal for the water drive is "to make the world a better place to live."
The drive was already in the works when the girls learned of the devastating chemical spill in West Virginia. It left residents without access to clean tap water for several days.
"That really made this very real," Mandolfo said. "We've talked about natural disasters with tornadoes and hurricanes that can wipe out a water source, but we'd really never thought about 'Wow, it could be a chemical spill! If a chemical spill were to happen right here in Papillion, what would we do?'"
The Salvation Army will use the collected water for several different events including warming and cooling stations in extreme weather, supporting emergency responders and victims on the scene of disasters, and along the Winter Night Watch route.
Donations of water should be dropped off at the Papillion Fire Department at 146 North Adams Street. If no one is there, bottles can be left by the covered doorway.
Mandolfo is hopeful the community will step up to help. "We want it to be successful for the girls so that we can really show them that 'Yeah, you can make a difference, and you can do more when you invite other people to join you'."