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Local Girl Scouts work to help animal shelter

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published April 6, 2016


FRASER/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Some local Girl Scouts have been keeping busy helping out whoever is in need in the community, even some four-legged friends. 

The Scouts from Walt Disney Elementary in Fraser are big animal lovers and aimed to help the Macomb County Animal Shelter recently. During a two-week collection period, about 30 “starter kits” were created to benefit the shelter’s dogs and cats. The kits included blankets, food, treats, toys and cat litter.

The girls were also given a tour of the shelter, located in Clinton Township.

“It amazes me, the size of these girls’ hearts,” said Scout leader Angie Fabirkiewicz. “They have the biggest hearts in the world.”

The Scouts are composed of three groups: Daisies, which are girls in kindergarten and first grade; Brownies in second and third grade; and Juniors in fourth and fifth grade.

The Scouts offer their aid to the community in many ways, from Christmas caroling to packaging gifts and donations to soldiers, to donating items to the Salvation Army and contributing to food drives during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.

They’ve offered Valentine’s Day gifts to seniors at Village of Peace Manor, on 15 Mile Road in Clinton Township. This past November, they worked with the Sterling Heights Kiwanis Club, packaging more than 200 boxes with canned goods.

Stacy Grupido, Angie Fabirkiewicz, Kristen Nordstrom and Suzette Cox lead the Scout groups.

Fabirkiewicz is in her fifth year of being a troop leader. She has two daughters — 10-year-old Jordan and 8-year-old Aubrey — who have been Scouts for five and three years, respectively.

She said it’s often the adults’ ideas to help the different causes, but a recent venture was encouraged by the scouts themselves.

Fabirkiewicz said the girls decorated the bags for the animal shelter and had a ball doing it, another example of their selflessness. 

“I’ve watched them grow and become awesome people,” she said.

Aubrey Fabirkiewicz, joined by friend Erica Hewitt, 10, said she just enjoys helping people. The girls, along with Jordan Fabirkiewicz, added that being involved in different charitable efforts helps them learn about managing money and improving math skills.

And, of course, the 30 girls enjoy the company of one another.

“It’s been really great,” Jordan Fabirkiewicz said. “I love doing it. I love selling the cookies, I love doing anything you can do (to help).”

Grupido’s two daughters, Grace, 8, and Ava, 6, are in their third and second years, respectively. Grupido said the Walt Disney group is fortunate to have dedicated parents that offer full-fledged support by helping with the different causes and attending group meetings.

“I’m super proud of (the girls), but I’m more excited for them because I want them to see that even though they’re young and doing something as a simple as a canned food drive, they can make a difference,” Grupido said. “They help the community with small things.”