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By Patricia Daddona
PBN Staff Writer
Members of the Girl Scouts of Rhode Island Inc. have chosen the Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart & Hope Fund as the beneficiary of the Cookie Sale Community Service Project, which raised $6,415.21.
The fund is named for Gabrielle Dinsmore, the first child of Louise and Jeff, who was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect days after her birth. The Dinsmores made sure Gabrielle had the most normal childhood possible and celebrated every holiday and birthday until she passed away at age 3 as a result of complications from heart disease.
Donating almost $600 more than last year, Girl Scout troops presented the check recently to help provide educational, recreational, financial and emotional support to children and families living in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut who are impacted by congenital heart disease, heart defects and severe feeding issues.
“Being selected as the Service Project of the Year from the Girl Scouts of Rhode Island, a distinguished one hundred year old organization, to support our mission is a testament to the important work we are doing in our local community to make a difference,” said Louise Dinsmore, executive director of the Heart & Hope Fund.
The signature program funded by the Heart & Hope Fund is Gabrielle's Heart Camp - the only camp in Rhode Island exclusively for children with congenital heart defects and heart disease.
GSRI, in partnership with 2,800 adult volunteers, serves 9,400 girls from Rhode Island, Pawcatuck, CT, and 13 communities in Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.gsri.org.