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Pancakes and presents at Santa's Workshop

Saturday, December 1 was a very busy day for Cook County Girl Scouts. Nearly 100 shoppers and many other visitors came to the Cook County Community Center to enjoy the day of holiday fun.

Girl Scouts and leaders prepared a pancake breakfast and chili lunch. Girl Scouts flipped pancakes, filled syrup containers and bussed tables throughout the day.

They also escorted kids to the secret shopping area where no adults are allowed. Scouts helped kids pick out presents for parents, siblings and friends and wrapped them, insuring a nice surprise under the tree on Christmas Day.

There was also an appearance by a special guest, Santa Claus himself. Bruce Johnson Photos was there to take pictures with Santa.

Girl Scouts of Cook County expressed appreciation to all the community members who donated gift items to offer in Santa’s Workshop. Shopping wouldn't be as fun, or as special for gift recipients without that help.

Girl Scouts do much more than host Santa’s Workshop. Local Girl Scouts have traveled to Savannah, Georgia, Seattle, Washington and more. Girls have learned cooking skills, first aid, about the arts and business. They’ve been flag bearers at events and in parades. They’ve been empowered to help others by planting community gardens, helping the homeless in Duluth and animals at the local shelter and much more.

But none of this happens without caring adults. There are local girls who want to be scouts, but not enough leaders to form a troop. Leaders and co-leaders are needed for just about all ages. If you would like to know more about how you could help, please contact Arvis Thompson at 387-2487 or Rhonda Silence at 370-0378.

See more Santa’s Workshop photos and information on Facebook at Girl Scouts of Cook County.