From Girl Scouts of the USA, May 2011:
The losses of life and property most recently in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and Mississippi and in many parts of the Midwest have been catastrophic – worst tornado season in more than 90 years. While it appears that council offices and camps have survived with limited damage - we know that many families, including those of our girls, are experiencing devastating loss.
Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama had significant damage in 31 of their 37 counties. Trish Coghlan, CEO, reports that one Girl Scout lost her life and countless members of the extended Girl Scout family have suffered significant loss. They will not know the full impact until power and communication lines are restored throughout their jurisdiction.
Girl Scouts of the USA has received many calls from Girl Scouts around the country asking how to help. We encourage those who would like to donate money or collect funds to do so with respected national charities that focus on disaster relief including the Red Cross and the Salvation Army. You can also visit the North-Central Alabama website at girlscoutsnca.org for more details.
At times like these, Girl Scouts come together in sisterhood to help those in need. We have seen our Movement rally in support of the victims of Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters over the years, and will continue to do everything we can to help our communities in the weeks and months ahead.
In closing we want to express our gratitude to all who continue to serve girls in the affected regions. You are truly living the Promise and Law.