For the second year in a row, a local Girl Scout troop helped wrap gift bags for clients at a women’s rehab center on Chicago’s Near West side.

On Dec. 1 at the Chicago offices of international law firm McDermott, Will & Emery, River Forest Girl Scout Troop 40066 assisted in the organizing and wrapping of gift bags for women at The Women’s Treatment Center. The agency is a center for detox and rehabilitation that serves women and their young children.

Troop member Sadie Beck, whose twin sister, Ellie, also is in the troop, said taking part in that type of work serves as a good reminder to the group, especially during the holidays, that the same opportunities aren’t afforded to everyone.

“We really enjoy doing service in general because it makes us feel like we’re helping others,” Beck said. “We like to try to spread some of the resources we have.”

Mary Kay Martire, a partner with McDermott, Will & Emery and one of the troop’s leaders, said most of the girls — now high school freshmen — have been members of the troop since kindergarten, so it’s a close-knit group.

The troop often engages in acts of service like collecting hats and mittens or helping at the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry, Martire said.

“We try to have a service-minded troop,” Martire said. “There is a lot of need in our community.”

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