WESTFIELD-The kitchen at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church will be bustling with activity starting on Nov. 10 as members of Westfield Girl Scout Troop 40222 start making apple, pumpkin and tomato mincemeat pies as a major fundraiser this holiday season.
“Each pie is handmade by Westfield Girl Scouts and frozen with care so that you may thaw or cook fresh for the holidays,” said Patricia O’Connor, troop leader.
Funds raised from this project will help support girls participating in a “fun and educational adventure” in Ireland, England and Wales next summer, sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts (GSCWM).
“The girls love traveling,” said O’Connor. “Last April Troop 40222 went to Savannah and had a wonderful trip. With some great budgeting and resourcefulness, they had quite a bit left in their treasury and wanted to apply it to the trip.”
O’Connor noted that she had also accompanied the scouts in 2010 to Switzerland which was “incredible” in many ways.
“I am thankful that they have this opportunity,” said O’Connor. “The memories, experiences, and friendships will stay with them forever.”
One highlight of the trip will be visiting and participating in a program at Pax Lodge in London, one of the four world centers of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, added O’Connor.
“All together, the council has 10 girls and five adults taking the trip,” said O’Connor, adding that Ashley Salvini from Troop 40222 will also be joining the group, as well as her mother Cindy Waite. “We are actually connecting with a group from the eastern Massachusetts council and will have close to 30 people in the larger group.”
Pie orders will be taken until Nov. 12 and frozen pies will be ready for pick up on Nov. 19 from noon to 1 p.m. at the church on Holyoke Road. Pies are priced at $15 each. Tomato mincemeat pies will be made in limited quantities, according to O’Connor.
Payment must be received in full with each order and checks can be made out to GSCWM-Troop 40222 and mailed to GSCWM Troop 40222, P.O. Box 2266, Westfield, MA 01086.
For more details, contact O’Connor via email at [email protected].