If you went into Thrifty's in Estherville Tuesday afternoon, you may have seen a group of young ladies working diligently.
No, they're not new employees. They were recycling old pants pockets as decorative holders that could be attached to a refrigerator as a magnet - a real neat and handy purpose for something no longer of use.
What the Girl Scouts in Troop 133 made will be used, though. You can rest assured of that. No doubt, parents and others lucky enough to receive them will see them as a treasured memory of a very creative effort.
Leaders Vineta Shryock and Joleen Knode should be commended for helping the girls earn their recycling badges through the project. And of course the girls themselves should be congratulated for putting to good use donated items that were unsalable in the store.
The girls participating in the project included:
n Kaitlyn Trosin.
n Riley Shryock.
n Cecelia Hansen.
n Claire Goebel.
n Kallie Dalen.
n Rayna Kazmerzak.
n Benita Gonzalez.
Thrifty's should be commended, too, for providing the materials and place for the girls to do the project.
It's creative partnerships like this that help our youth become an integral part of the community. It also teaches them volunteering skills that will pay off later in life - not just for them but the entire community.
If you have any ideas for community projects that could use a little youthful energy and 'elbow grease', why not contact a local Girl Scout or Boy Scout, 4-H club or FFA chapter. They'll be glad for the opportunity.