These Brownies are Experts on Sharing

Preston Hollow People - November 30, 2012 - You would expect a Brownie troop of 31 girls to come up with no more than three dozen blankets for charity. Even if a few of the girls found a way to donate more than one, you'd assume that others would forget to participate.

Well, for Sleep Experts' ninth annual Share the Warmth Blanket Drive, Brownie Troop 5433 was all about exceeding expectations. On Nov. 17, the girls delivered a whopping 130 blankets to the store at Royal and Central.

Janice Henderson, Kate Kettles, and Susan Sternblitz lead Troop 5433, which is comprised entirely of second- and third-graders at Greenhill. Their daughters - Kate, Cameron, and Hallie, respectively - got their non-Brownie classmates involved in the blanket drive by making an appeal at the weekly Lower School assembly.

Sternblitz found out about Share the Warmth via the Brownies' parent organization, the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, which participated in the blanket drive for the second year in a row. She was pleased by Hallie's response when Sternblitz showed her a flier.

"Without much facilitation at all, she said, 'Well, let's just do the whole school.'" Sternblitz said.

Hallie was even more enthused because of the Sleep Experts connection. A girl in her gymnastics class, Hallie told her mother, is the daughter of the woman who sings the mattress chain's jingle.

Actually, the mom in question isn't a singer. But Christine Cook is Sleep Experts' president.

Cook's staff was still counting blankets as this story went to press Tuesday, but she said they expect to exceed their goal of 5,000.

The blankets will be given to three beneficiaries in North Texas: Interfaith Housing Coalition in Dallas, Presbyterian Night Shelter in Fort Worth, and the Samaritan Inn in Collin County.

"We have simply been overjoyed with the response," Cook said. "Each and every year, it continues to grow, but this year we have been overwhelmed with the generosity of all the Girl Scouts who have helped."

— by Dan Koller