Ralston Girl Scouts give board games to Children’s Hospital

Submitted photo Ralston Girl Scout Troop 45492 deliver the board games they purchased for families at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha. Pictured from left are Katrina Gutgsell, Leilani Bedell, Ella Johnson, Bailey Johnson, Peyton Vlcek, Vivien Appleby, Bianca Dillon, Eva Schaap and Kendall Nothhorn.

A Ralston Girl Scout Troop used its members’ personal experiences to figure out who to help out for a project.

Ralston Girl Scout Troop 45492 chose to help out those at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha by donating board games that they and their families can play.

One of the troop’s leaders, Julie Johnson, said some of the scouts knew what it was like to be in the hospital and that these donations would be helpful.

“Several of the girls have been to Children’s, some longer stays than others,” Johnson said. “They know how boring it can get. They were looking to do something for the families so that they could benefit.”

The troop voted on holding a bake sale to raise money as part of its “Take Action” project. The troop held its annual movie night and potluck and decided to sell baked goods and raffle prizes there.

“During the movie night, the girls sold baked items they made at home,” Johnson said. “The troop families were super supportive. They also made baskets with themed items. Families could donate things to go into the baskets and buy raffle tickets. That was really fun.”

The troop raised more than $120 from the bake sale and raffle ticket sales. They were able to buy a lot of games for the families at Children’s Hospital.

“They got to go choose the games,” Johnson said. “They were really thoughtful about what kids might like, boys and girls, age ranges. They would come to a consensus, they wouldn’t just pick. They did really well.”

The troop dropped off the games at Children’s Hospital on Feb. 1. While they didn’t get to deliver them directly to children and their families staying at Children’s Hospital, they were still excited about all they had done for them, Johnson said.

“They were just beaming,” she said. “So proud and pleased to be helping others. We just have a considerate and thoughtful group of young girls.”

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