The Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. announced recently that their uniforms will continue to be made in America following a public uproar over reports it was considering bids from overseas manufacturers.
Girl Scouts spokeswoman Michelle Tompkins said the organization had been contacted by parents, members and volunteers urging it to keep the uniforms made in the U.S.A. She said the contract hadn’t been awarded but the bid request had been modified to require that the uniforms be made domestically and that companies adhere to strict guidelines regarding worker age, treatment and safety.
“We thank the many Girl Scout parents and volunteers who stood up for their beliefs and showed our 2.4 million girls that every voice makes a difference,” Tompkins said. “They are the role models who help build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.”
In a story first published in Woodland Park’s Herald News newspaper, the owners of the factory said the loss of its sole client could mean layoffs for its more than 90 workers and could force it to close.
Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. calls itself the world’s pre-eminent organization dedicated solely to girls. It says it helps girls build character, values and leadership skills for success in the real world.
What better message to teach young girls than the importance of buying American? Keeping those uniforms made in the U.S.A. saved American jobs at a time that Americans need them the most. I hope that Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. will make a point of communicating why they are sticking with American-made uniforms throughout their organization.
Kudos to Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. for making a really great decision and standing by their core principles!
Until next time, here’s to doing what we can to support our country by buying American.