"With a heavy heart, we mourn the loss of our sister Girl Scouts in Lake Hallie, Wisconsin. On Saturday, Nov. 3, a hit-and-run crash killed three girls and one adult volunteer from Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes’  Chippewa Valley area, leaving at least one other girl wounded. These Girl Scouts were out doing what Girl Scout Scouts do best – making the world a better place by cleaning up a stretch of the highway they had adopted while following proper safety protocols.

"Our Council is focused on supporting the families of those lost and injured in this tragedy. Girl Scouts and community members can help us support the families in a few ways:

  • Well-wishers can offer a thoughtful response or card. All responses can be sent directly to the Council office in Eau Claire to be shared with the families. Send all responses to: 

Eau Claire Service Center

Attn: Renee Erickson 

4222 Oakwood Hills Pkwy

Eau Claire, WI 54701

  • Members of the public may make a donation to Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes in the honor of the Scouts lost and injured in this tragedy. All donations to GSNWGL will be used to directly support Chippewa Valley Girl Scouts through financial assistance toward membership fees, uniforms, and program fees; support to conduct Take Action community service projects; volunteer trainings to have crucial conversations around the tragedy; counseling resources; and more.  Please note that donations to GSNWGL cannot be directed to the families impacted.  

"Our Council’s primary focus is on supporting those directly affected by this tragedy. As we grieve this loss, we are working hard to learn what the impacted girls and families need. We are currently working on additional ways the public can support the families of our sister Girl Scouts and will share that information as it become available.

"In the meantime, we ask the media and public to please respect the privacy of the families of those lost, as well as those impacted, as our community mourns this tragic loss, and to direct any inquiries to our council.

"The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is all about helping girls be leaders in their daily lives while preparing them for future leadership roles in every walk of life. We encourage girls to continue to develop relationships and take time to learn what those who were directly affected need most during this stressful and scary time. As you express your grief, we encourage everyone to balance your needs with what your girls need now. It is important that our actions do not become bigger than the tragedy that occurred, which can potentially have a negative impact on those directly affected."

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