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Girl Scouts Bring Comfort and Care to Hospital Patients

Elizabeth Farry, Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast

(Troop 394 – Donavan)  Girl Scout Junior Troop 394 from Virginia Beach personally delivered a few of the 46 Comfort and Care bags they put together for children at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital.  During their tour of the pediatric ward, the girls visited several patients, including Donavan, and were able to see first hand the impact their gifts will make on children in the hospital.  
(Back row) Carissa Mathews, Cailtin Brown, Erin Metzger
(Front row) Lindsey Arroyo, Brooke Olson, Sarah Sutherland, Alicia Lutomski, Claire Starke, Emma Hultin, Molly Fulton, Donavan

Twelve Junior Girl Scouts from Virginia Beach Troop 394 brought smiles and hope to the pediatric ward at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia on September 1. The girls created 46 “Comfort and Care” bags filled with handmade items including a huggable sock doll, a wooden golf tee game, tic-tac-toe, and a coloring book. The project was a part of their Girl Scout Bronze Award – the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can earn.

“We did a lot of brainstorming and voting to decide what sort of project we wanted to do and then we really had to work together to get it all done,” said 6th grader Molly Fulton who has learned the importance of supporting the military from her father, a Master Chief in the Navy.

The girls were thrilled to see first hand the impact their project had on sick children. Christopher Brogan, Child Life Specialist for the hospital, not only gave the girls a tour of the pediatric ward but let them visit with a couple of the current patients.

“What you’re doing is taking care of our patients,” Brogan told the girls. “By giving them something you’ve put so much time and effort into, you’re really showing the patients and their families how much you care.”

Helping others is very important to Troop 394. Their next community service event will the annual Helping Hands Food Drive on October 24. For more information, visit the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast Web site at www.gsccc.org.

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts ayuda a las muchachas a desarrollar la confianza en sí mismas, el valor y los principios para hacer del mundo un mejor lugar.

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