"This modern girl scout troop works to blend two identities while doing more than selling cookies" - Islamic Relief USA

They do so much more than sell sweets.

On Tuesday night, we found this Kansas City-area girl scout troop packing food for the homeless during Ramadan – a time when they go without food from dawn to dusk.

“When I joined it, I was like always shy, but girl scouts made the courage inside me,” said Syeda Khadijah.

10-year-old Syeda is one of 15 girls in Troop 4162. She explains the badges on her girl scout vest, and she explains the hijab she wears.

“Whenever we go on field trips and girl scouts we’re always wearing our hijab to show our faith and who we are,” she said.

Troop 4162 is Muslim. It was started by Saima Imtiaz to guide the girls on how to blend two identities.

“Our girls need to know they are Muslim, and they are American,” said Saima.

On Tuesday they were working towards two badges – community service, and the food pantry badge.

But while helping build up the community, they’re also helping build each other.

“No one is ever left out in this group, and everybody is friends with everybody,” said Syeda.

This group of young women adds new meaning to the girl scout oath – to help people at all times and to live by the Girl Scout law.

The 50 meals they made Tuesday will stay in the metro. They’ll deliver them to the City Union Mission downtown. And on Saturday they’ll continue their mission with a toy drive for Islamic Relief.”


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