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Babylon Daisies collecting items for kids in need

Gwyneth Bridges, 7, of the Babylon Daisies is

Gwyneth Bridges, 7, of the Babylon Daisies is a part of the first-grade troop collecting items for the My Stuff Bags Foundation, an organization that donates duffel bags to children in need. (April 30, 2012) Credit: Alessandra Malito

Breanna Redmond sorted such items as shampoo, crayons and pencils Monday afternoon at Babylon Elementary School. The 6-year-old was helping her Babylon Daisies troop with a drive to collect items for foster children.

The Babylon Daisies, a troop of first-grade Girl Scouts, sorted through boxes and bags of blankets, pencils and even lip gloss for the My Stuff Bags Foundation, an organization that donates duffels to children in need.

The organization gives these bags to children who are being rescued from abusive or neglectful environments or who are foster children.

“Unfortunately, foster children are traveling from house to house,” said Allison Bridges of Babylon Village, who is in charge of the Daisies troop. “The states do not give them money for bags, they move their things in black garbage bags. At least this gives them a little sense of permanency.”

Bridges has a daughter, Gwyneth, 7, who is in the troop.

The troop has been collecting donations at Evolutions Hair Salon, where Bridges works.

On Monday, the girls took what they had collected and sorted them in preparation for when they ship the items on May 21 to California, where My Stuff Bags program is located.

“This is pretty cool,” said Breanna’s mother, Andrea Redmond. “They get to learn not all kids are privy to what they have. At a young age, it’s really important they learn that.”

The national organization has distributed more than 425,000 duffel bags across the country since 1998.

A list of acceptable donations can be found on www.mystuffbags.org and will be collected until May 20 at Evolutions Hair Salon, 934 Little East Neck Rd., West Babylon.

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