April Showers

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April Showers, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s largest community service program, is important to the Girl Scout program and the community at large. Girl Scouts, their troop leaders, families and friends help people in need by collecting personal care items.

April Showers comprises two weekends. First, Girl Scouts go door-to-door, distributing white, recyclable plastic bags throughout the Council. Girls should remember never to insert April Showers bags in or tie them to mailboxes; these are prohibited by the US Postal Service.

A week later, girls return to collect the bags filled with personal care items. Girls should only collect from residences where bags are left outside. Girls should not knock on doors.

Personal Care Items Needed

  • Deodorant
  • Diapers/Baby Care
  • Facial Tissue
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Mouthwash
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste

Showering the Community

On April 18, 2015, between 10 am and 4 pm Girl Scouts will be Showering the Community at local Walmart stores in our jurisdiction.  Girls are encouraged to wear rain boots, rain coats and carry umbrellas if available, to help promote. 

As customers enter, girls hand them raindrop-shaped lists of needed items, encouraging shoppers to buy personal care items to donate. As people exit, they hand the donated items to the girls or they may contribute cash. Girls will use this money to purchase additional items which are then distributed to local pantries to help those in need.

Individuals, who did not receive a bag or are unavailable to donate during the Showering the Community program can drop off personal care items in the barrels located at their nearest Dierbergs Markets from April 25 – May 9, 2015. They can also call 314.400.4601 or 1.800.727.4475, ext. 4601, to arrange a pickup. 

To Help People at All Times

In 1998, the April Showers personal care item drive was established as part of Seasons of Giving. Showering the Community has in as much become very successful, with more than 321,000 personal care items collected since its inception in 2012.

In collaboration with Operation Food Search, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri has collected and distributed more than 17 million personal care items to local families and individuals in need. 

Did you know?

  • Among households in Missouri, 25.8% percent reported annual income under $25,000 household income.
  • Among families with children under age 18, 16.7% percent reported annual income less than $25,000.
  • In 2013, the percentage of children ages 5-17 living in families in poverty in Missouri was over 20%.
  • According to the Consumer Expenditure Survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an average family of four will spend about $144 per month on housekeeping and personal care items.  
  • One in seven Americans rely on food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families, a report from Feeding America, the nation’s largest nonprofit provider of food assistance to low-income Americans, finds.

Sources: Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, US Department of Labor and the Economic Policy Institute, US Census Bureau American Community Survey 2009-2013

Troop Information

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri encourages all April Showers Troop Reports to be completed within one day of April Showers collection. Information about April Showers is used to report to the community the impact of the service provided by the girls. Help us tell the success story of this amazing service program by turning in your Troop Collection Day Report (AS-1) to the Data Collection Coordinator at your designated collection site when your troop finishes collecting, counting and sorting.

Plan your troop participation early and let us know if your district, neighborhood, troop or a girl is taking a unique approach. Let’s make this our biggest April Showers drive ever.





Future Dates

Bag Distribution: April 17-19
Showering the Community: April 18
Bag Collection: April 25

Bag Distribution: April 8 – 10
Showering the Community: April 9
Bag Collection: April 16