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Girl Scouts sell and donate cookies to 'Health Care Heroes' at Boone Memorial Hospital

GIRL SCOUT CONTACT: Candace Nelson, Director of Marketing,, 304-553-7026

BOONE MEMORIAL CONTACT: Karlie Belle Price, Director of Public Relations & Marketing,, 304-360-1230 Ext. 5506

Health Care Heroes is an annual event where the Girl Scouts of the Black Diamond Council hosts cookie booths near hospitals and other medical facilities to encourage the community to purchase cookies that can then be donated to health care heroes.

"Giving back to the community is important to Girl Scouts, and Health Care Heroes is a great opportunity for us to show how much these folks mean to us," said Beth Casey, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond.

"Over 50 boxes, in total, were donated to BMH," said BMH Chief Executive Officer, Virgil Underwood. "We distributed the boxes evenly among departments. Our employees were very appreciative and we commend the Girl Scouts of the Black Diamond Council for recognizing health care heroes."

The Cookie Program began in 1917 as a way for troops to finance activities. Today, the program encourages girls to discover their inner leadership potential and use their earnings to create experiences for themselves and their troop—including travel, outdoor adventure, and science, technology, engineering and math programming.

Proceeds from the sales stay local and have led to support for animal shelters, food banks and more in communities – all while teaching girls crucial skills like goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

About Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council

Working in partnership with nearly 3,000 volunteers, Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council serves nearly 8,000 girls in 61 counties in West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio and Maryland. For more information on how to join, volunteer, or donate to Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council, call 1.800.756.7616 or visit the council’s website at Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, with 2.6 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

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