BRISTOL - The heroes of 2020 have donned scrubs and stethoscopes instead of capes.
“This year we decided: ‘who’s a better hero than our healthcare workers,’” said Ann Nunn-Hacku, director of product sales at the Girl Scouts of Connecticut.
Standing beside a van full of cookies outside Bristol Hospital Tuesday, Nunn-Hacku said Girl Scout members wanted to include doctors, nurses and all healthcare workers this year in the Gift of Caring program - which allows community members to buy boxes of cookies not for themselves, but for military members, food banks and others. The Girl Scouts helped donate 1,800 boxes of cookies to Bristol Health, which will be distributed to those who work in the hospital, the Ingraham Manor Skilled Nursing Center and EMS.
In total, the Girl Scouts of Connecticut raised over 120,000 packages of cookies through the Gift of Caring Program.
“It’s just a simple thank-you to let them know our girls are thinking of them,” Nunn-Hacku said, as Bristol Health officials fetched a handcart to help unload the boxes and boxes of cookies that were donated. “We’re really proud of our girls for reaching out.”
“We really appreciate the girl scouts thinking of us,” said Bristol Hospital spokesman Chris Boyle, after lugging in box after box into the hospital to be distributed. “This is what the community has been doing during the pandemic.”
Noreen Schmidt, community relations manager at Ingraham Manor, where many of the donated cookies went, commended the staff at the nursing center for their handling of the coronavirus pandemic and said the cookies were much appreciated.
“We are now COVID free,” Schmidt said Tuesday.
“We’ve kept it contained,” Scmidt continued. “Ingraham Manor has done a phenomenal job.”
“Just by recognizing us and giving us the cookies shows us they care,” Schmidt said of the Girl Scouts.
Christine Hoffman, Bristol service unit cookie manager for Girl Scouts of Connecticut, added that making healthcare workers feel appreciated during the pandemic is what the Gift of Caring program is all about.
“I’m just excited that we’re able to give the cookies to the hospital,” Hoffman said.
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