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Girl Scout helps Summa Health's Family Medicine Department with Book Drive


Khmali W. with book donation at Summa Health

Girl Scouts supports and encourages girls to shine and find ways to help make their communities better places to live. Khamil W., a Girl Scout Cadette in troop 90445, did just that by delivering a large donation of books to The Family Medicine Department at Summa Health. This opportunity was part of a partnership between Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) and Summa Health.

The Family Medicine Department invites community members to collect books for patients whose families may have never had the opportunity to own their own books.

Collette Cross, Volunteer Services Coordinator for Summa Health explains, “These donated books mean a lot to our pediatric patients that come to our Family Medicine Department. Some of these children have never owned a brand new book they could call their own. These books are a great way to help these children begin to build their own personal libraries at home.”

Khamil wanted to find a way to give back to her community and used this opportunity to do so. At school, she passed out flyers promoting her book drive to her schoolmates. By enlisting her school community, Our Lady of the Elms, she was able to collect a total of 447 children’s books!

 “This project made me feel proud, outgoing, and just good overall because I was able to give some kids the opportunity to read,” Khamil said. She loves meeting new people, being involved in her community, and wants to continue doing community service projects as she gets older.

Khamil has been a Girl Scout since kindergarten and enjoys the community service opportunities as well as anything outdoors, including camp.

“I enjoy being a Girl Scout very much and would encourage anyone else to be a Girl Scout,” Khamil said.

Khamil is a shining example of how Girl Scouts continues to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Khamil isn’t the only Girl Scout answering Summa Health’s call for books this year. In February 2022, troop 90107 collected 157 books for the Family Medicine Department, surpassing their goal of 100 books!

For 110 years, Girl Scouts have found a way to dream big and do good. From reaching the outer limits of space to stocking their local food pantry, there is no challenge too big or need too small for a Girl Scout to tackle. Since day one, girls have found a way to create a better future for themselves, their communities, and the world.