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Local Junior Girl Scouts come to Botsford Hospital bearing gifts for patients

Farmington Hills, Mich. (November 15, 2013)---The 13 members of Junior Girl Scout Troop 70450 out of Farmington Hills' Warner Upper Elementary School have been working on a community service project to benefit not only pediatric patients at Botsford Hospital, but also one very lucky new mom and her infant baby girl. Just before Halloween, Girl Scout Troop Leader Lisa Hannawa contacted The Botsford Foundation---the group that handles charitable gifts to the hospital---to schedule a date to bring in several Jared Boxes and a laundry basket filled with clothes and other necessities for an infant girl. 
 
Hannawa arrived with her daughter Savanna, 10, along with Priya Sahu, 10, and Alba Dajlani, 10, at Botsford’s New Beginnings Maternity Center where they were met by Botsford's Manager of Maternal-Child Health, Candice Templin, RN. 
 
"It's such a joy to be able to meet these wonderful girls again," said Templin. "We were bowled over earlier this year when this Girl Scout troop made a similar gift. But this time, they've added an amazingly generous gift to honor the founder of the Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low, whose 153rd birthday would have been on October 31. The new mom who received this large basket of supplies for her baby girl was lucky indeed." 
 
The girls, who chose to work on the Jared Box Project this year, gave these gifts without expectation of meeting the ultimate recipients---an act of pure charity. The Jared Box Project, www.jaredbox.com, shows kids how to fill boxes with small gifts, toys, cards, and games, and deliver these to their local hospital. Botsford Hospital staff gives the boxes to children to provide a special diversion as they receive treatment or visit a loved one who is a patient at the hospital. 
 
Participation in community service projects through Girl Scouts helps these girls relate to others with increasing understanding, skill, and respect; develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision-making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others.  
 
Templin took the girls on a tour of Botsford Hospital's newborn nursery, where the girls gazed in wonder at an infant who had just been born. Then, it was up to the Pediatrics Unit to have a look at an unoccupied pediatric patient room to understand what it might feel like to be a hospital patient. 
 
For ideas about community service projects that your organization could participate in that would benefit patients at Botsford Hospital, contact Diane Shane, The Botsford Foundation's manager of programs and services, at (248) 442-5045 or dshane@botsford.org.  
 
PHOTO CAPTION: Botsford Hospital's Maternal-Child Health Manager Candice Templin, RN, greets Savana Hannawa, Priya Sahu, and Alba Dajlani, of Junior Girl Scout Troop 70450 as they arrive at the hospital's New Beginnings Maternity Center bearing special gifts for patients. 

Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330 bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center and a comprehensive care cancer center. Botsford Hospital is also home to an extensive medical education program and is part of Michigan State University's statewide campus system. Botsford Hospital each year cares for approximately 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and more than 600 physicians. A not-for-profit hospital, Botsford provided almost $10.5 million in community benefit during its 2011 fiscal year.

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