The holidays are a time of giving, and members of Shelton Girl Scout Troop #60443 put that motto into action with gifts and donations to children in need at Boys & Girls Village. \u201cPeople need to be treated equally. You should help other people too. I know I love helping others whenever I can and it is important to give back,\u201d said 11-year-old Sophia A. Using a portion of their cookie sale proceeds, the troop of eight middle-school aged girls purchased gifts on the wish lists of disadvantaged children served by the Boys & Girls Village organization. Monetary donations were also gathered from troop families to help meet their needs, for a combined donation of more than $300. \u201cThe girls are old enough to understand how blessed we are and how much we have,\u201d said troop co-leader, Kathryn Cavallaro. \u201cThey said they wanted to so do something to give presents to other children, and gifts at the holidays are a great way to help and get the girls involved.\u201d The troop is a long-standing community partner with Boys & Girls Village, which serves more than 800 at-risk children each year. In addition to providing financial contributions in the past, the troop has also conducted a pajama drive, collecting and donating pajamas to these children in need. \u201cWe are all in this together, and it is good to care for kids in need,\u201d said 11-year-old Emma T. With the majority of clients ranging in age from 5 to 17 years old, Boys & Girls Village serves children and families in at-risk situations. The organization provides a broad range of services including behavioral health services, educational and vocational programs, and permanency planning. In its 75-year history, it has transformed more than 30,000 lives across the state. \u201cThis is a shining example of how a community banding together can do so much,\u201d said Dr. Steven Kant, CEO of Boys & Girls Village. \u201cIt\u2019s remarkable that these young leaders are building a strong sense of giving at such an early age, and a reminder to us all that acts of kindness are incredibly meaningful to those who are in crisis. We and the families we serve are grateful to Troop #60443.\u201d To learn how your group can partner with Boys & Girls Village, or to learn more about the organization, visit www.bgvillage.org or call 203-877-0300.