Girl Scouts give cookies to kids facing cancer.
As Girl Scout Sierra Wells, 7, carried boxes of cookies into Primary Children’s Center to give to kids being treated for cancer, she vividly recalled her younger sister’s eye surgery in the hospital two years earlier, said her mother Linda. "They do an amazing job there. It’s such a positive experience, a very humbling experience," Linda said.
Sierra Wells and her mother were not the only ones with memories. Three of five Girl Scout mothers helping out this day had personal experiences with kids receiving treatment at the hospital.
Eleven Girl Scouts from Troop 2092, most of whom attend Parley’s Park Elementary school, made the trip to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City on Friday, April 27, after school.
"I felt good helping them, I felt bad because they were sick," said Brownie Madison DeCamp, a second-grade student at Parley’s Park Elementary School. Although the girls weren’t able to deliver the cookies to the kids in person because of risks to patients with lower immunity, the scouts did get to tour the facility. "I would have liked to have met them," DeCamp said of the 30 or so kids being treated in the Oncology Department, but at least she was glad they could sample the array of cookies the Girl Scouts offer, which could brighten their spirits through trying times.
In February, Troop 2092 scouts became involved in the "Gift of Caring" program, a scouting community service program. The girls sold cookies in the community, asking their customers to buy extra cookies for the kids at Primary Children’s.
Hope Malloy, the troop cookie manager said more than 100 boxes of cookies were donated by Park City residents. Not only did the girls deliver these cookies, they also contributed $100 of their proceeds to Primary Children’s for research.
Savannah Wells, Sierra’s younger sister, who had the eye surgery at Primary Children’s, didn’t make the trip this time, but not because she didn’t want to. Linda Wells said she had fond memories of the whole experience. "You think she would be petrified," Savannah’s mother said, a testimonial to the atmosphere and caring people at the medical center.
The next project on the agenda for the scouts will be making lavender-scented rice-bags for the kids in the Primary Children’s Oncology Department, a bag, which when gently heated in the microwave, warms the skin as an injection is given, said Malloy.
The scouts from Troop 2092 hope that someday they will get to meet the kids as they recover from their illnesses.
Troop 2092 scouts include, Hudson Albright, Lorelei Prettner, Audrey Malloy, Morgan Prettner, Madison DeCamp, Teia Swan, Sierra Wells, Allie Kenton, Olivia Fuller, Brooke Mitchell and Landon Albright.
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