Delivering smiles, one cupcake at a time

 PHOTO PROVIDED    Girl Scouts Adriana Basile, Anne LeVasseur, Kaylee Ferrell, Reagan Moody, Samantha Sowers and Elizabeth D’Amico from Troop 208 baked 110 cupcakes Sept. 15 for Englewood Meals on Wheels. Up to two troops volunteer to bake up to 130 cupcakes monthly, depending on demand, according to Girl Scout troop leader Niki LaVasseur.

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Girl Scouts Adriana Basile, Anne LeVasseur, Kaylee Ferrell, Reagan Moody, Samantha Sowers and Elizabeth D’Amico from Troop 208 baked 110 cupcakes Sept. 15 for Englewood Meals on Wheels. Up to two troops volunteer to bake up to 130 cupcakes monthly, depending on demand, according to Girl Scout troop leader Niki LeVasseur.

Niki LeVasseur says the Girl Scouts never pass up an opportunity to help those in the community.

One of those opportunities, the Girl Scout troop leader said, is baking over 100 cupcakes for Englewood Meals on Wheels.

“I think it’s great,” said Flo Bush, kitchen manager of Meals. “They really make cute cupcakes.”

Englewood’s Girl Scout Troop 208 spent three hours baking and decorating 110 cupcakes as part of the “It’s Your World, Change It” Girl Scout Journey.

“Each time (the Girl Scouts volunteer), it’s a different troop,” Flo said. “They also come on the holidays.”

Schuyler Bush, director of Meals, said they provided a tour around the kitchen and operations.

“One of the scout leaders, I believe, was also a volunteer with Meals,” Schuyler said.

Area Girl Scout troops have been baking cupcakes for Meals since January 2012.

“We have one to two troops signed up each month,” LeVasseur said. “The girls come up with designs for cupcakes. They’re quite creative.”

LeVasseur said cupcakes are easier to transport since cookies tend to crumble.

“The troop leader will check with Meals on Wheels to see how many they need,” she said. “We may bake up to 130 (in a batch) during the winter months.”

LeVasseur said serving the community is a big part of the Girl Scouts.

“The girls are always looking for opportunities to help in the community,” she said.

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About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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