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Portola Valley's Halloween heroes

Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts of Portola Valley are collecting new and "gently-used" Halloween costumes to donate to the InnVision Shelter Network, which helps local homeless families.

More than 50 girls and boys from Daisies (grades K-1) Troop 62409, Brownie Troops 61728 and 62216, and Cub Scouts Pack 163 are taking part in the Halloween Heroes project.

The scouts have created banners for the drop-off zones at Ormondale and Corte Madera schools in Portola Valley. Emails to publicize the campaign were sent to scout parents and the Community Forum. The children designed collection boxes for the three collection days and organized into teams of six to man the collection sites each day.

Over the weekends, other scouts have cleaned, organized and re-packaged the costumes for donation to homeless families.

"So far, the scouts have collected more than 125 costumes and followed every step of the project for the last month," says Brownie leader Kristi Travers. Rich Zamboldi is Bear Cub leader. Project Halloween Heroes is a first for the scout groups.

Portola Valley Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts are no strangers to community service, says Ms. Travers. They collect trash along trails and roads and carve Halloween pumpkins with residents of The Sequoias retirement community.

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