Who does Troop 14297 want to help through community service projects? Babies and puppies of course!
The girls from Troop 14297 got to help one of those groups—babies—alongside 200 other Girl Scout sisters at Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota in October. Children’s is a long-time favorite for local Girl Scouts who want to help kids. The girls help out by visiting and providing activities for patients to help them pass the time during their stay.
Many troops like 14297 use some of the funds they raise through Cookies to give back. As a troop, the Bloomington girls divide their funds from their annual cookie efforts to do three things: something fun, a Girl Scout related activity or field trip, and a community service project. This year, they used their community service funds to donate Girl Scouts themed books to the hospital’s library.
The Girl Scout event at Children’s not only brought together a large group of Girl Scouts for community service; it also introduced girls to healthcare careers that involve working directly with kids. The girls also got to meet a pet therapy volunteer who visits patients with Murray the dog, a giver of unconditional love to every child he meets.
A similar Girl Scout event will be scheduled for March 2014. In the meantime, girls can support patients by donating art supplies, fleece blankets, toys, movies, books, or money. Troops with girls ages 14 and older can also sponsor and serve a meal at the Ronald McDonald House inside of Children’s Minneapolis. For more information, please contact Maggie Overman by email at maggie.overman@childrensMN.org.