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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

That’s a lot of cookies! Girl Scouts donate 800 boxes for JCMC, Niswonger patients

Haowei Claire Tong from Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachia shows off the cookie donation, along with Jackie O'Sullivan (left), manager for volunteer services at JCMC, and Andy Holt, assistant manager.


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Johnson City Medical Center and Niswonger Children’s Hospital recently got a great gift – 800 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to distribute to patients and families, compliments of the Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians.

Haowei Claire Tong, North Area director for Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians, presented the load of cookies to Jackie O’Sullivan, manager for volunteer services at JCMC, and Andy Holt, assistant manager. Tong and one of her co-workers labeled the boxes of cookies and delivered them around the hospital to patients and families.

“There were so many boxes of cookies that it took efforts through the week to distribute them all!” said Whitney Larkin, director of volunteer/auxiliary resources for Washington County. “What a wonderful treat to brighten the day of so many people.”

She added with a laugh, “We were fortunate they were able to ‘Tagalong’ and spread ‘Smiles’ – Savannah Smiles that is – throughout the facility!”

Tong said the partnership between the Girls Scouts and the hospital is important.

“Girl Scouts value our health care providers, and we were excited about the opportunity to make this big donation!” she said. “In Johnson City and Washington County, we have more than 400 Girl Scouts who do incredible service projects around town literally every month. Together we do things like learn First Aid, CPR and how to use an AED (automated external defibrillator), we build robots, explore the outdoors and much more. We’re excited about partnering again in the future.”