December 17, 2017 11:02 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- For Abby Troke, Jaden Andring, Kylie Reynolds and Emili Tebay, it started off as a way to earn one of the highest honors in Girl Scouts.
But now, their community service project is helping the less fortunate in their community.
"It's our Girl Scout troop Silver Award project, so we had to put so many hours and so much work time into a project that would help and have a long-lasting existence in our community," Reynolds said.
That project-- creating a food pantry for area families. Troke reached out to her church for help with the project, and they let the girls use a home next to the church to set up and hold the pantry. The girls then went to local business, their school and city hall to line up sponsors and support, and after 18 months their vision became a reality.
Despite their hard work-- and help from their parents-- things didn't start out well.
"The first month that it was open nobody came but we also hadn't gotten very much information or fliers out about it," Reynolds said.
"I thought they were taking on something really huge, I thought 'Wow this is going to be a lot of work,' and it was," Troke's mom Audrey, one of the troop leaders, said.
But with time, more and more people stopped by. Now, they help around 20 families each time they're open.
Each month, a different area business takes a turn collecting items for the pantry and volunteering on the days it's open. And as the holidays roll around, the cupboards and fridges are filled with food for holiday feasts.
"(People who stop by are) so thankful and so appreciative for what these guys have done and I leave the pantry every time, just my heart is full, I just can't believe the impact we're having on the community and the impact of what these girls have done for the community," Audrey Troke said.
And for those looking to make a difference in their own communities, Abby Troke has some words of wisdom.
"In 18 months we got it completely done and I think if you can just put your mind to it and try at least you'll make some sort of difference," she said.
The food pantry is located at 18 2nd Street SE in Eyota and is open on the first Monday and third Sunday of each month.
Updated: December 17, 2017 11:02 PM
Created: December 17, 2017 09:12 PM
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