When the nurses and other staff received the gifts, some were in disbelief. Others “shed tears of joy” as they were overcome with gratitude, organizers said.
In a typical year, the Girl Scout Troop normally plans a few annual community service projects, such as creating gift baskets for firefighters on the 9/11 Memorial.
This year, when organizing such events became difficult, said Scout Leader Sarah Martinet, the troop began to look for creative ways to give back – eventually culminating in a project focused on giving thanks to healthcare workers.
âI felt like this was a good opportunity for all of us to re-engage in the community and re-engage in community service,â Martinet said. “When I spoke to the families, I told them this was an opportunity to work with their Girl Scouts and serve the community after being confined to their homes for so long.”
The Scouts’ plan was to give a gift basket to each of the CMF inpatient units. But, while formulating the plan, they realized they needed to provide additional support.
It turns out that most Scouts attend the Puente de HÃ³zhÃ³ Elementary School. When word spread to the parent and teacher organization, several families were quickly included.
From there, a few teachers from Puente de Hozho decided to open the project to their classes. Despite learning entirely online, fifth-grade teacher Jillian Hernandez said participating classes were able to contribute to the effort with two full gift baskets.