While you can get your Girl Scout cookies at nearly any grocery market or outdoor event these days, I encourage you to seek out Troop 57’s Lauren Teller (pictured below, left...with mom Fanny) and Rebecca Bogert (with her Mom Aileen) and buy your Thin Mints or Savannah Smiles from them. Not only are they Girl Scouts, they also volunteer at Miami Children’s Hospital singing to patients as their Gold Award project.
For the past 6 months, the musical theater students leave school each Tuesday and head right to the hospital for 3 hours of singing. Dressed as Disney princesses and handing out homemade stickers, their group, Pigeons for Patients, puts a smile on so many faces. When Lauren and Rebecca graduate they want the program to continue, so they are organizing a group at the New World School of the Arts to ensure others take their place.
I found these two community-minded Pinecrest residents outside Wagons West a few Sundays ago. Business was good. They were proud to be helping Miami Children’s Hospital with sales proceeds and appreciative of the ability to learn through their efforts. The sale runs through February 12th. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts. I predict New Year's resolutions will crumble, much like the cookies on sale.