Area Girl Scouts donate gift baskets to Children’s Hospital patients

Alanna Worrall, of Brooklyn Park, visits Girl Scouts Troop 17231, based in New Hope, to talk about her Feel Better Baskets initiative. (Submitted photo)
Alanna Worrall, of Brooklyn Park, visits Girl Scouts Troop 17231, based in New Hope, to talk about her Feel Better Baskets initiative. (Submitted photo)

Thirteen third-grade girls are making a difference April 14, for 20 children at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, as part of a Girls Scouts community service project.
The 7- to 7-year-old Brownies from Troop 17231, based in New Hope, packed baskets April 10 with coloring books, bubbles, stuffed animals, crayons and toys.
The baskets and contents were purchased using money from this year’s cookie sales.
According to Chantel Jullie, the troop’s co-leader, the girls are very excited about the project.
“We hear a lot about youth being self-involved,” she said. “If you give them the vehicle to be able to do things like this, they’re going to take it and run. It does start at a young age. You can make a difference when you’re 9. (If you plant) that inside of them it will continue to grow.”
Jullie said this is the troop’s first big project.
“We’re hoping to expand this idea of the baskets,” she said.
The troop project was inspired by 14-year-old Alanna Worrall, of Brooklyn Park, who started Feel Better Baskets when she was just 6 years old.
When Worrall visited Troop 17231, she did more than inspire the girls to give back to the community. She gave them permission to pursue her project.
“It was nice of her to do that,” Jullie said.
Worrall spent time in the hospital at a young age recovering from a surgery.
“She thought it would be difficult to be in the hospital on a holiday alone,” Jullie recalls Worrall saying.
The first four baskets Worrall donated to Gillette Children’s Hospital in St. Paul were paid for with her own money. Then, she began accepting donations and four baskets quickly turned into 100 baskets.
“Kids helping other kids is great,” Jullie said.
To learn more about Worrall’s Feel Better Baskets, visit gofundme.com/feelbetterbaskets.

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