In late January, 11-year-old Danae Jaeckel and fellow members of Goddard Girl Scout Troop 40015 visited the NewLife Center at Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph — accompanied by Aspen Jaeckel, born on the unit three weeks earlier, and the girls' mothers.
The Junior scouts were there to learn how the hats they were making would benefit newborns.
This week, they returned with scout leaders Theresa Jaeckel and Pascha Medlin to present NewLife Center staff with 58 hand-loomed knitted hats that the 10-member troop have made for babies born at St. Joseph.
“There are some super soft ones and some really tiny ones that will be good for babies in the NICU,” says Theresa.
Completing the project was the final step in earning a Bronze Award, which requires developing a new skill, knowing why it’s important, and then sharing about their experience at a bridging ceremony where they'll go from being Junior scouts to Cadets.
“They really have done an amazing job,” says Theresa, who is excited that the girls are one step closer to eventually earning their Gold Award.
As for the girls, several say they plan to continue to put their newly learned skills to use and continue making hats for babies at the NewLife Center.
Says Chelsea Medlin: "I still have a lot of yarn I can use, especially the super-soft kind."
The staff were equally excited about the hats, which they know will delight new parents.
“I delivered this first one this morning and the family was touched by the girls’ thoughtfulness,” says Michelle Armbrister, director for Women’s and Infants at St. Joseph.