Trenton girl scouts 'Spread the Love' at Oakwood Hospital

The creative efforts of Trenton’s 40847 Girl Scout Troop will warm the hearts of several terminally and critically ill patients this winter through their generous donation to Oakwood’s Spread the Love program.

The troop chose Spread the Love as their biggest community service project this year and worked hard to raise funds in order to purchase the materials to make more than 60 fleece blankets for patients and their families.

“This is such an incredibly beautiful thing to do,” said Beverly Beltramo, Director of Spiritual Support at Oakwood Healthcare, Inc (OHI). The Spread the Love Program, which supports patients and their families during their most challenging times, has brought comfort and healing to patients for almost eight years, she added. “These blankets are made with lots of hope, good wishes and thoughts of patients to get well,” said Beltramo.

The girls, ages 10-12, put on a homemade cookie fundraiser to raise money to purchase blanket materials. They worked as a team to create 60 hand-made blankets, which were donated to Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn last week. The troop spent the evening meeting with Oakwood staff and also toured the Mother and Baby Unit.

“It was important to come here today,” said troop leader, Elaine Franzel, 42, of Trenton. “The girls were able to see how they have a direct impact on their local community.” The idea came from Franzel’s mother, an Oakwood employee, who alerted Franzel about the Spread the Love Program.

“I feel like we are all heroes,” said Allison Poremba, 9, a member of the Girls Scout troop. “I know that we brightened someone’s day.”

Beltramo agreed. She told the girls, “You’ve made a lot of people that happy today.”

For more information about Oakwood’s Spread the Love Program, or to volunteer for it, click here. 

CUTLINES: (Above) Laden with blankets they made for Oakwood Hospital patients, Girl Scouts Cassidy VanEvery, Allsion Poremba,Hannah Martin Lydia Steyaert, Sierra Kowalczyk, Mia Moberly Lauren Wozniak and Nicole Jolly with Troop 40847 in Trenton wait in the hospital's hallway. Below: Girl Scouts Lydia Steyaert, Cassidy VanEvery, Olivia Papalia and Hannah Dunaway with Troop 40847 in Trenton sit surrounded by blankets they made for Oakwood Hospital patients before they tour some of the facilities there.