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2018-08-09 / Local News

Girl Scouts build life-size games for hospital

by EMILY LOSITO
Reporter


Girl Scouts Olivia Kirk, Brooke Czjekowski, Amelia Glogowski, Vivian Mutty and Kaitlyn Wojtowicz stand with their homemade life-size Yahtzee board, which they plan to donate to patients and families at John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo. Girl Scouts Olivia Kirk, Brooke Czjekowski, Amelia Glogowski, Vivian Mutty and Kaitlyn Wojtowicz stand with their homemade life-size Yahtzee board, which they plan to donate to patients and families at John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo. Orchard Park Girl Scouts spent several days sanding, drilling and building life-size games to donate to patients at a Buffalo hospital to achieve their Silver Award.

The Scouts, of Troop 30517, spent more than a week building life-size versions of Jenga, Yahtzee and tic-tac-toe to donate to John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at the hospital, according to Shelley Musterait, a parent troop leader.

“The girls brainstormed several different ideas for the Silver Award. Then they voted back in the spring,” said Musterait.

The Silver Award is the highest award a Cadette can receive, and it’s expected that each Scout involved will contribute 50 hours to the project.

Musterait said the girls worked through seven two-hour work sessions to build the games.

“For the Jenga game, each girl spent a couple hours on their own to sand a couple of the blocks down, as well,” she said.

Her daughter, Mallory, is a member of the Girl Scout troop.

“I think one of our biggest challenges was figuring out a way to get the money [to buy supplies],” Mallory, 13, said.

She said the games were what the Scouts thought they could make, and then they voted on which ones to make.

“We didn’t want to set our standards too high, like with chess pieces,” Mallory said.

Local stores, including Lowe’s Home Improvement, Home Goods, Valu Home Centers and Arthur’s True Value Hardware, donated such supplies as paint brushes, carpeting, paint, sandpaper and wood, according to Mallory.

Another Girl Scout volunteered her grandfather, Ken Kirk, to help with some of the woodwork.

“It was their project,” Kirk said. “I measured the pieces and cut the wood.”

He said the Scouts came to his home where they used the tools he had available.

“I supervised them as they were drilling holes for the Yahtzee die, but they were the ones that drilled and put putty in holes to fill them and painted,” Kirk said. “It’s a great charity, and I think the girls learned a lot [making the games].”

Through bake sales and bottle drives, the Girl Scouts raised $321 to pay for supplies, according to Musterait.

Future plans include lemonade stands to raise more funds.

Mallory said the money raised from the lemonade sales will be used to purchase board games and donate them to the hospital for patients and families in waiting rooms.

“I think we succeeded all together to hopefully bring the kids in the hospital some joy,” Mallory said. “I really love that thought.”

The ribbon cutting is set for 10 a.m. Thursday at Joe’s Deli Patio on the second level at Oishei Children’s Hospital, located at 818 Ellicott St. in Buffalo.

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