Two Girl Scouts from Wall Township are doing their part to help those in need, starting with this holiday season. Rylee Rotsma and Sophie Nelson are collecting food items at various locations for a food pantry at Brookdale Community College. They also participated with approximately 350 girl scouts in the entire Wall community to create 30 food baskets for Catholic Charities Linkages for Thanksgiving.

“I am so proud of the work the girls are doing,” said Kelly Rotsma, Rylee’s mom. “They both wanted to do their part to help those in the community who need assistance during the holidays and throughout the year.

The seventh-grade cadets are members of Troop 1161 in Wall and chose to address hunger as part of their Silver Award program. They recently donated non-perishable items and snacks to Helping Hands, an organization on Brookdale’s campus supporting students and their families in need.

“The girls are learning that even though they are kids, they are not too young to have an impact,” said Amy Nelson, Sophie’s mom. “I am glad they chose to address an important issues such as food insecurity.”

Synde Kaufman, coordinator of the Helping Hands initiative at Brookdale, said the girls’ efforts are much appreciated. “Their donations and others help us to continue to assist those in need, and it’s inspiring to see how they want to do what they can to address this important issue.”