24-Hour Emergency Room
Bluebonnet (225) 763-4000
Mid City (225) 387-7000

First Graders Donate Girl Scout Cookie Proceeds to BRG Regional Burn Center

Baton Rouge, La. – When Girl Scout cookies appear, it’s easy to focus on the treats’ delicious taste rather than the great work the proceeds fund. A group of first grade girls in University Laboratory School Daisy Scout Troop 10062, however, had a goal in mind to help others who were sick before sales ever began.

“The troop has many options of how to spend the money from their cookie sales, including on fun things for themselves,” explained Amy Groves Lowe, Daisy Scout troop leader. “These girls were focused on doing something for others, so when Catherine told us about giving money to the hospital where her dad works, the girls all voted to send some of their cookie profits to the Baton Rouge General Foundation, specifically the BRG Regional Burn Center.”

When the Daisies visited Baton Rouge Medical Center to personally deliver their $350 donation, they heard from BRG CEO Mark Slyter, Regional Burn Center Manager Robin Comeaux and veteran burn physician and Associate Medical Director Dr. Ernest Mencer, and were reminded of the importance of knowing to “stop, drop and roll.” The troop also learned about BRG’s statewide summer “I’m Still Me” burn camp, where children who have survived burn injuries can play with other survivors, building self-esteem and supporting emotional healing.

“We’re so glad you could come to Baton Rouge General to see a little of what your kind and generous contribution does for kids all the way to senior adults,” CEO Mark Slyter told the group of first graders.

When asked why they wanted to give money to the BRG Regional Burn Center, Catherine Slyter, age 7, commented that “it would help some people who are burned feel better.”

Addy Wells, another first grader in Troop 10062, said she “feels excited” because she is “happy to help sick people.” Addy’s grandmother, Linda Spain, recalled her husband’s stay in the Baton Rouge Regional Burn Center in 1975, reflecting on how important having a specialty center for burns has been for our area.

Photo 1: First-grade members of University Laboratory School Daisy Scout Troop 10062 and their leader, Amy Groves Lowe, present Baton Rouge General CEO Mark Slyter with $350.00 from their Girl Scout Cookie sales to benefit the Baton Rouge Regional Burn Center. Pictured are (front row): Daisies Harper Inzer, Ava Ginn, Addie Wells, Lucy Bea Wood, Mary Cate Heroman, Addy Waguespack, Charlotte Lowe, and Catherine Slyter with BRG CEO Mark Slyter; and (back row) Daisy Rebecca Lowe with Daisy troop leader Amy Groves Lowe.

Photo 2: Daisy troop leader Amy Groves Lowe pins a special heart from Baton Rouge General on first grade Daisy and daughter Charlotte Lowe.

Photo 3: University Laboratory School Daisy Scout Troop 10062 received special heart pins from Baton Rouge General after donating proceeds from their Girl Scout cookie sales to the Baton Rouge Regional Burn Center.

Baton Rouge General's Regional Burn Center was first established in 1970 and is one of only 125 burn centers in the U.S. verified by the American Burn Association. Because of the limited number of burn centers across the nation, Baton Rouge General plays an integral role in supporting other Gulf Coast states when the need arises.
Among the Regional Burn Center’s offerings are support groups and counseling as well as educational resources. Learn more about the BRG Regional Burn Center’s resources and team of experts by visiting BRGeneral.org/Burn or by contacting (225) 387-7717 or burn@brgeneral.org.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital with 590 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in the capital city, Baton Rouge General opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital since 1991, Baton Rouge General serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine, and offers other medical education programs, including a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. For more information, visit BRGeneral.org, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BatonRougeGeneraland follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.
Categories: In the Community