Brianna Payne’s Silver Project Fills Shelters and Food Pantry with Necessities

March 2, 2018


by Len Lathrop

Starting when she was a Presentation of Mary student, Brianna Payne had a goal to put together “Blessing Bags” for the homeless shelters in Nashua. She explained that she always felt bad seeing the folks living in the streets, but knew that giving them money wasn’t the right way to help. Well, Brianna and her mom were at the St. John’s Food Pantry on Thursday with a car load of Blessing Bags; earlier in the day they had visited every shelter in Nashua and left bags with them. To complete her Girl Scout Silver Award, she had assembled, with the help of classmates, friends, and family, 310 bags, as well as several additional bags of items piled with all of the extra items.

Brenna is now a freshman at Trinity High School in Manchester having graduated from PMA. When asked if she had thought about whom she wants to be in her future, without a blink, she responded: “I want to be a doctor, either a cardiothoracic surgeon or a trauma surgeon.” When discussing what drives her, she mentioned that Sister Maria, principal at PMA had taught and shown her how to believe in people and to care for them. In addition to school and Girls Scouts, this young lady also dances at a local studio.

While the bags for men and women differed, they included a comb, washcloth, pair of socks, handwarmer, wipes, Band-Aids, razor, toothbrush, toothpaste, lip balm, full bar of soap, package of Kleenex, shampoo, lotion, deodorant and as well as some feminine products.

After filling up the Nashua shelter with the 300-plus bags, Brianna had 144 men’s bags and 82 for women for the food pantry at St. John Church. Every bag had a message from Brianna which ended with prayers for them.

With a silver project of this magnitude, what will the gold project be for this young lady be as she continues with her Girl Scout adventures?