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Girl Scouts sell cookies at local hospitals for health care workers

From left, members of Troop 51180, Payton and Isabelle Stellwagen at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center on Saturday.

From Staff Reports

Girl Scouts throughout the area donated more than a thousand boxes of cookies to health care workers on Saturday as part of “Health Care Heroes.”

Health Care Heroes is an annual event where the Girl Scouts of the Black Diamond Council hosts cookie booths near hospitals and other medical facilities to encourage the community to purchase cookies that can be donated to health care heroes.

“Giving back to the community is important to Girl Scouts, and Health Care Heroes is a great opportunity for us to show how much these folks mean to us,” said Beth Casey, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond.

Local businesses, including AssuredPartners, Truist WV Foundation and Suddenlink, have contributed to the Health Care Heroes initiative.

Photos by Tyler Bennett Local Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council troops participated in the “Health Care Heroes.” From left, Troop 51101: Lily Phelps, Annalei Thrasher and Addison Parks and parents Cindy Thrasher and Amy Stollar at Marietta Memorial Hospital on Saturday.

The Cookie Program began in 1917 as a way for troops to finance activities. Today, the program encourages girls to discover their inner leadership potential and use their earnings to create experiences for themselves and their troop–including travel, outdoor adventure, and science, technology, engineering and math programming.

Proceeds from the sale stay local and have led to support for animal shelters, food banks and more in communities – all while teaching scouts crucial skills like goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

However, girls’ cookie proceeds alone aren’t enough to power the Girl Scout Movement–investing in girls is important year-round, not just during cookie season. To support Girl Scouts, visit http://www.bdgsc.org/give.

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