Girl Scouts honored for cancer patient support

Girl Scouts of Connecticut has awarded Shelton Girl Scouts Kelly McSherry, Maranda Balcerzak and Julia Krijgsman with the Girl Scout Silver Award for their multi-faceted project for Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center in Waterbury.

The Silver Award is awarded for completion of extensive leadership and take action projects conceived and executed by Girl Scout Cadettes, as they grow and work to improve their lives and the lives of others.

As part of their projects, these Girl Scouts refurbished an existing — but falling to disrepair — toy chest in the patient family waiting area of the treatment center. They created a donation plan to “Get, Give.” Often times, family and friends of cancer patients want to find ways to support their loved one. When a child “Gets” a toy, they can “Give” the flyer to friends who would like to make donations (also part of the Give).

These Girl Scouts raised awareness of the toy chest while raising donations through their community contacts in church, school and sports. Their work will keep the toy chest going for years to come.

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