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April Showers

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April Showers, the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s largest community service program, washed over the area as Girl Scouts, their troop leaders, families and friends helped 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

Another part of the program is the Showering the Community event at most St. Louis-area Walmart locations. To represent April Showers, some troops will wear raincoats and galoshes or hold umbrellas as they stand at entrances and exits.

As customers enter, girls hand them raindrop-shaped lists of needed items, encouraging shoppers to buy one or two. 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.

For people in the St. Louis metropolitan area unable to go to a Showering the Community event or who forget to donate, they may drop off items at Dierbergs or Schnucks markets in Missouri.

Optimistic Outcomes

Showering the Community has become very successful, with more than 246,000 personal care items collected since its inception in 2012. Over the last two years, Girl Scouts donated an average of 1.3 million personal care items from April Showers. Since its beginning in 1998, we’ve donated more than 12 million personal care items.

Did you know?

  • Among households in Missouri in 2012, 23.3 percent reported annual income under $25,000 household income
  • Among families with children under age 18, 16 percent reported annual income less than $25,000
  • In Missouri in 2013, an average family spent $405 monthly on other necessities, like personal care items, separate from housing, transportation, food, childcare, healthcare and taxes
  • In 2012, the percentage of children ages 5-17 living in families in poverty increased over 2007 by 33 percent

Sources: Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, US Department of Labor and the Economic Policy Institute

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 watch for localized kick-offs in your area. Let’s make this our biggest April Showers drive ever.

Sponsors


Emerson


Ameren


Macy's

Future Dates

2015
Bag Distribution: April 17-19
Bag Collection: April 25

2016
Bag Distribution: April 8 – 10
Bag Collection: April 16