Girl Scouts make activity bags to help young ER patients

Seated in the photo from left are scouts Sarah Westcott and Emma Searor, of Troop 10566. Standing are Troop Leader Kim Westcott, Oswego Service Unit Treasurer Cindy Mather, Rhonda Parker (Emma’s mother), registered nurse Janet Ketcham, Dr. Michael Boyle and registered nurse Deborah Russo.
Seated in the photo from left are scouts Sarah Westcott and Emma Searor, of Troop 10566. Standing are Troop Leader Kim Westcott, Oswego Service Unit Treasurer Cindy Mather, Rhonda Parker (Emma’s mother), registered nurse Janet Ketcham, Dr. Michael Boyle and registered nurse Deborah Russo.

To help children feel more comfortable when seeking care at Oswego Hospital’s emergency department, the Girl Scouts from the Oswego Service Unit, which includes a Minetto troop, made and donated activity bags.

The Girl Scouts collected coloring books, crayons, puzzle books, writing utensils, stickers and a small toy for each of the 100 activity bags they donated. While the project was done by the entire Oswego Service Unit as a community service project, members of Minetto’s Brownie Troop 10566 also used the experience as an opportunity to earn a badge.

“We greatly appreciate the Girl Scouts for putting together this project for our young patients,” said Steve Olson, director of Oswego Hospital’s Emergency Department. “I know the children who seek care here will also be grateful for the scouts’ thoughtfulness and hard work.”

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