Members of Girl Scout Troop 157 out of Holy Family School in Poland are a giving bunch. Recently they provided some comfort to patients at Akron Children's Hospital in Boardman.
The recent project was done through the Touched By Nathan Foundation, which focuses on acts of kindness and provides comfort to special care nursery patients and their families.
''The girls made comfort baskets for the families of these fragile babies,'' said troop leader Tina Kali. ''The baskets include various hygiene items that parents and family members may need while staying at the hospital to remain close to their little ones.''
Kali said the project was made possible through Scout mom Betsy Mershimer, who helped organize the project and contributed money for the hygiene items during a dress down day at the school that was sponsored by the troop.
With the products purchased, the girls gathered at Holy Family to assemble the baskets. Each comfort basket contained bottled water, mints, travel size shampoo, conditioner, acetaminophen, toothbrush, toothpaste, powder, deodorant and other items families may need when their infant is in the NICU.
The comfort baskets fit in with what the Troop 157 girls are all about. Kali said it is what they enjoy doing.
''Holy Family has been the home of Girl Scout Troop 157 for the last 5 years,'' she said. ''The girls have performed many acts of service and volunteerism throughout the community during these years.''
Troop 157 is led by Michelle DiLullo, Lisa Daprile and Kali.
The Touched by Nathan Foundation was formed in 1999 in the Mahoning Valley to help families with fragile babies. Programs and services include education, transportation including gas cards, car beds, funeral support, memory boxes and journals, and support for the HEAL program at St Elizabeth Health Center.