Local Girl Scouts donate swim suits for kids in need




Posted on June 13, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 13 at 6:24 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A Spokane Girl Scout troop donated swim suits to the Spokane Parks Foundation.

Junior Girl Scout Troop 3664 raised money to buy 31 new swimsuits for children who needed them.

"We earned the money by doing lots of chores at home," said Isabella, one of the scouts in Troop 3664. "I know that I'm very lucky to have this stuff and I want to help other kids." 

"With 31 suits, it's about providing a whole classroom full of children the opportunity to swim this summer, and I think they are pretty proud of that," said Becky martin, Troop 3664 Leader.

The Spokane Parks Foundation's Make a Splash In a Kid's Life program started several years ago when the city started charging children to use the pools. The program chair said people were concerned that not everyone would be able to swim.

"Especially in West Central where it's a difference between buying a loaf of bread or sending your child to the pool. You're going to buy the loaf of bread," said Jen Hussey, "Make a Splash" Program Chair. "We started thinking, there are going to be children on the outside of the fence looking in, watching everybody else have fun."

Make a Splash raises money to buy season swim passes. Community members contributed $31,000 so far in 2013, but require nearly twice that to meet the needs of all of the children.

"We are actually to that point where we may have to close the waiting list, and there are children who aren't going to be able to go swimming," Hussey said.

The waiting list has more than 1,300 people on it.