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Peabody’s Girls Group Gives Back to the Community 

       
How it all started…

During the Fall, the 4th/5th grade Girls Group at Peabody’s After School Program decided to give back to the community in a creative way. Site Coordinator Tara Anastasi and her Assistant Site Coordinator, Linda Acuna both run the weekly Girls Group and wanted to offer more meaningful experiences to the group. Tara found an organization called Stepping Stone that serves as a residence for working women in the early stages of recovery from alcohol abuse. Linda talked to the Girls about alcoholism and that the women at the facility were there to improve their lives. Tara emailed Stepping Stone’s Executive Director Gael Murphy about donating items on their wish list. Gael Murphy suggested the girls make items for the Christmas gift bags they hand out to the residents every year. The Girls Group set out to make bracelets and key chains for the bags. The Group got an overwhelming appreciative response when the gifts were delivered.

Continuing the Relationship…

As Valentine’s Day drew closer, the Girls Group decided to surprise the women at Stepping Stone with Valentine’s bags. The Girls showed up at Stepping Stone singing and gave them gifts of bracelets, hairclips, and felt heart magnets. Gael Murphy said the gifts made a huge impact on the women by allowing them to feel cared for by their community. Tara is working with Stepping Stone on the next step in their relationship, which may include the Girls meeting with some of the women to hear their stories. Part of the recovery process is that the women have to volunteer so we are collaborating on giving them volunteer opportunities at site.

Kudos to the Peabody Girls Group!

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