Seaside Heights kids who had been displaced by Hurricane Sandy recently found an inland refuge: Whiting.
On Friday, Dec. 7th, the Whiting Girl Scout Troop 415 held its annual Super Sweet Holiday Party for scouts and friends at the Whiting Elementary All-Purpose room.
But this years party was "extra special," troop leaders say, because the girls reached out to sister scouts from the Seaside Heights area.
"They invited Seaside kids affected by Hurricane Sandy to come as their guests to have a fun night out," troop leaders said.
Brownies and Daisies from Seaside Troop 286, as well as their siblings, welcomed the chance for a fun-filled night out and gladly accepted the invitation, troop leaders said.
"It was an awesome night for all, and the girls of Troop 415 did a great job with a great sense of community pride," troop leaders said.
Children decorated gingerbread houses and gingerbread cookies[ a DJ was on hand for the children to sing Holiday Karaoke; and there were crafts, hot cocoa and cookies and a visit from Santa Claus, courtesy of the Whiting Volunteer Fire Department.
Troop 415 collected many toys for Kevin's Kids. They did this by asking for participants to bring a new toy for donation in return for a chance ticket to win a Christmas gift basket, troop leaders said.
"The girls are looking forward to delivering the toys to Ridgeway school for the wrapping session this weekend," according to a release signed by Tara Klein, Lisa Mitchell and Jane Weber, leaders Troop 415.