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Girl Scouts shower newborn girls with gifts to honor their organization’s anniversary

3-15-2018 girl scout baby shower

Girl Scouts have been making a difference in their communities for over 100 years. To celebrate the organization’s 106th anniversary, three local troops decided to do what Girl Scouts do best: give back.

Local Girl Scout Troops 70416, 70220 and 71821 decided to welcome newborn girls into the world by presenting gift baskets to the first babies born at MetroHealth this week. The troops, based in the City of Brooklyn and Cleveland’s Old Brooklyn area, wanted to do something in their neighborhood. Becky Brake, a troop leader, said the girls chose MetroHealth because “it is the nearest neighborhood hospital to us and we wanted the focus to be on our own community.”

To throw their special version of a baby shower, Girl Scouts ranging in age from 5 to 17 collected or purchased baby items using troop funds and proceeds from their famous cookie sales. After they collected everything, the girls got together for a half-party-half-service project to assemble the gift bags. In the end, packages were stuffed with diapers, wipes, clothes, grooming supplies and toys. And yes, the troops made sure to include a few boxes of their signature cookies too.

Staff from our Labor and Delivery unit surprised two baby girls and their families with the baskets earlier this week. It may not have been a typical anniversary or a traditional baby shower, but we’re glad the Girl Scouts chose to spread some joy to their newest neighbors!

To see more photos from the shower, visit our Facebook page. If someone in your family is interested in joining the Girl Scouts, click here.