I want you all to meet Elena! Elena is the toughest girl I know and I’m a better person for having her and her mom in my life. Elena battled cancer for FOUR years. She beat leukemia and will be 2 years cancer free on February 10!
This year, Elena wants to give back to the kids who are still fighting. She heard about this event called Moonbeams for Sweet Dreams, and with the support of Girl Scouts of Colorado and the amazing staff at the Children’s Hospital of Colorado, we officially have the green light!
With Moonbeams for Sweet Dreams, we will gather as large of a group as possible outside of the windows of the cancer ward of the Children’s Hospital and shine flashlights in their windows and they can shine them back at us. All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are welcome to join.
If you would like to donate a flashlight or glow stick for patients to use, you can leave them at Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Denver Corporate Office during business hours between Feb. 1 and Feb. 8. All donations will be sanitized and donated to Children’s Hospital patients.
13-year-old Girl Scout Cadettes from Troop 4523 Emma, Dori, and Kate would like to share our story about our great Silver Award project. For this mission, we wanted to make a difference in children’s lives. We contacted Children’s Hospital to see how we could help. They told us that the Jared Box program was well needed and appreciated by the children having extended stays in their hospital rooms with no access to any playroom. To find out more about the Jared box project, please visit http://www.thejaredbox.com. We also made baby hats for newborns to be distributed at Memorial Hospital.
We first had to earn funds to purchase the items to put in the boxes. We used the money we earned from selling Girl Scout Cookies to fund part of this project. But, we did not stop there. We made ice cream sandwiches (we baked chocolate chip cookies and added vanilla ice cream in the middle) and sold them at a park during a hot sunny summer day. Then, we all made lists of items we wanted to purchase and each prepared a certain amount of boxes to meet the needs of girls and boys between the age of 3 to 14. We decorated the boxes and also added a nice note to personalize each package.
On September 5, 2017, we delivered 71 boxes to Children’s Hospital and dropped off our handmade baby hats to Memorial Hospital. We all learned a lot from this experience from budgeting to time management and accountability. Working in a team was also a great part of this project.
Molly’s Silver Award project was aimed to specifically impact the lives of children and their families who are in a hospital, since being in such a situation is mentally difficult for everyone involved. In partnership with Tammie Gardner at the Parker location of Children’s Hospital, Molly was able to gain permission to install her bookshelf. Via a garage sale and multiple book drives, friends and neighbors contributed to the bookshelf through the donation of new books.
Once the shelf became a reality, Molly named the project Taylor’s Shelf, in honor of a family friend and fellow Girl Scout named Taylor. Taylor was diagnosed with Stage lV High-Risk Neuroblastoma when she was two-years-old and has now had nine years of survivorship! Molly wanted to share Taylor’s inspirational story and help raise the spirits of families in the hospital. The shelf, along with Taylor’s story, were installed at Children’s Hospital, Parker on August 9, 2017.
Molly’s goal is for patients and families to have access to light- hearted books in a difficult time that will help them find hope and keep their minds off of the reason they are in the hospital. A good book always makes her smile, and hopefully it will do the same for everyone else.
She gives special thanks to Tammie Gardner, Staples in Parker, and of course, her family, friends, and neighbors, who donated time and support towards her Silver Award project, Taylor’s Shelf.
This year, Troop 60114 began a service project called Friends of Phenyx, where we show support to children and families battling cancer. The girls have collected letters, pictures, and gifts in support of our friend, Phenyx, who has meshenchymal chrondosarcoma.
Continuing to be inspired, the troop donated over 200 packages of cookies to Brent’s Place, a safe and clean housing community for children being treated at Children’s Hospital.
Using their cookie money, the troop purchased coloring books, activity pads, books, and other fun items and made busy bags to be handed out to children receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital.
Submitted by Keile Stewart, GSCO Volunteer Support Specialist
On November 21, 2015, Girl Scouts will join Project C.U.R.E. at Children’s Hospital Colorado for Packing forImpact, an event which helps deliver health and hope to children around the world!
In addition to filling “Kits for Kids,” girls will also learn more about the kids and countries around the world that they will be helping, earn the Girl Scout Global Action Award, and get a patch.
The “Kits for Kids” program provides personal hygiene and basic “medicine cabinet” items that are scarce in the developing world. Project C.U.R.E. developed the “Kits for Kids” program to give families in developing countries the supplies they need to provide basic care at home. All levels of Girl Scouts are welcome to participate.
Please bring ALL of the following items to fill your kit:
Acetaminophen OR Ibuprofen (Jr. strength tablets preferred)
Box of Adhesive Bandages
Triple Antibiotic Ointment
1% Hydrocortisone Cream
Toothbrushes (min. 4)
Hand sanitizer (travel-sized)
Facial Tissues (travel-sized)
Nail Clippers (no manicure sets please)
More details about this event will be available soon on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website in the Events Calendar.