Girl Scouts ‘take action’ at Ronald McDonald House

Girl Scout Troop 1713 shows off its handiwork in the outdoor smoking area at the Ronald McDonald House in St. Petersburg. The 23 girls, ages 6-13, used their Girl Scout cookie sales earnings to buy and decorate stepping stones, and they put down mulch sourced from the county’s brush site.

ST. PETERSBURG — Girl Scout Troop 1713’s “take action” project resulted in a facelift for the outdoor smoking area at the Ronald McDonald House in St. Petersburg.

The troop, which includes 23 local girls ranging in age for 6-13, didn’t necessarily want to encourage smoking, said their leader Chaleeta Mullins, but they did want to create a safe area for kids to enjoy away from the smoke, but still close to their parents.

The troop used its Girl Scout cookie sales earnings to buy and decorate stepping stones. The girls then used their resources wisely by teaming up with the local Pinellas County brush site for recycled mulch to apply to the area.

The girls also donated handmade pillows for guests who stay at Ronald McDonald House.

“We can't thank the Ronald McDonald House enough for all that they do and provide to our community but we hope this shows how much we notice and appreciate it all,” Mullins said.