Girl Scout donates baby hats to hospital

Riley Masek, left, and her mother Patricia posed with the care packages Riley donated to OakBend Medical Center’s Labor and Delivery Department. Riley spent more than 150 hours knitting 115 hats for newborns.

Oak Bend Medical Center in Richmond received a donation of 115 care packages for its labor and delivery department. The hats were donated by Riley Masek, daughter of OakBend Medical Center’s Patricia Masek.

Riley put together the care packages as part of a service project to receive her Silver Award from the Girl Scouts.The packages included a knitted hat along with a placard that hangs from the rearview mirror.

On one side the placard reminds parents to “Remember your valuable little one.” On the reverse side the placard tells parents “If you see a baby or child in an unattended car please call 911.”

Additionally, there is a card included for parents to put on their keychain to remind them to check the backseat for children or pets. On average, 38 children under the age of 15 die each year from heatstroke after being left in a vehicle.

According to the Girl Scouts, Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn, giving the Cadette a chance to do big things and make her community better in the process.

To earn this award, the minimum time the Girl Scout should dedicate to her project is 50 hours. Riley, a member of Troop 17445, spent approximately 150 hours on her project.

Riley has been in Girl Scouts since she was in Kindergarten and is now in her tenth year. Her dedication to her community and to Girl Scouts will take her far.

Next, during her junior year in High School, she will begin working on her Gold Award project. The Gold Award is the most prestigious award that Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors can earn. And, Riley will no doubt walk away with the Gold.

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