TROY - People in western Bradford County are helping out for the holidays.

Two organizations, the Heritage Garden Club in Troy and the NYPENN Pathways Girl Scouts, have been pursuing community projects.

On Thursday, members of the garden club were hard at work in downtown Troy as they decorated the stand-alone planters and the light pole planters with holiday greenery.

I spotted them working on Canton Street as they climbed up step ladders and hauled around a wagonload of greenery.

Barb Andrus, president of the garden club, told me that they obtained the decorative items right from their own backyards, including an entire pickup truck full of pine greens.

She said they worked about six hours to get everything done as they arranged the greenery and little wooden snowmen decorations in the planters.

And the community notices. Barb said the garden club members received compliments from people who appreciate their handiwork.

The NYPENN Pathways Girl Scouts in the Troy-Canton area, meanwhile, have an event coming up from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7 at Canton Elementary School in the theaterette.

At the school, the public can visit Santa and help him support the Bradford County Humane Society.

The Girl Scouts arranged the event and are doing it as a service project, according to Troop Leader Barb Brown.

At the event, the Girl Scouts will collect donations from the public of such things as pet food, pet toys, litter, bleach, and grooming supplies, as well as cash donations. There is free admission for people who bring an item to be donated to the shelter.

The event will feature milk and cookies, activities, games, coloring, Christmas readings, possibly some caroling, and visits with Santa. The Girl Scouts will be selling popcorn to benefit the shelter.

Barb said the shelter's biggest need is cat food and cat litter.

The Girl Scouts will hold the same type of event from 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 8 at the Allen F. Pierce Free Library in Troy, where people will be able to decorate the Christmas tree and, for a charge, have a photo with Santa.

Then, on Dec. 22, the Girl Scouts will be volunteering at the shelter. Barb said they will feed the pets, walk them, pet the cats, and clean at the shelter.

"We're trying to get the message out that the Girl Scouts are here, and we're trying to do things to service the community," Barb said. "A lot know about the Girl Scouts, but they don't realize how many we have."

She said there are 80 Girl Scouts in the Troy-Canton area, which includes Daisy, Brownie, Juniors, Cadets, Seniors, and Ambassador Girl Scouts.

So, don't forget to help the Girl Scouts in their effort to assist the humane society.

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