Girl Scouts pay tribute to medical workers, with cookie delivery: 'They're heroes'

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Girl Scouts deliver cookies to medical professionals. Photo credit WBBM Newsradio Rachel Pierson

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana hand-delivered nearly 900 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to three Rush Health campuses Monday morning.

“We’re giving cookies to the hospital because they’re heroes,” explained 8-year-old Bristol Sjostrom, a member of Mazon Troop 75466.

Sjostrom and her family dropped off 290 boxes of cookies at Rush Copley in Aurora.

“I feel very warmer than usual because I’m donating cookies to heroes, and that makes me feel warmer,” she said.

The cookies were donated by Rush University Trustee Carole Segal in partnership with the Rush University Board of Governors.

“This has been so hard on everybody, it’s so exhausting and our teams have not gotten a break,” said Alex Pope, Vice President of Philanthropy at Rush Copley. “And so for them to get a little snack like this, and the nursing directors will tell you, it lifts their hearts.”

The sweet treats were delivered along with handmade signs and cards from the Girl Scouts.

The gift comes as Rush Health locations anticipate the arrival of the first doses of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine.

“While everybody is exhausted, there’s finally some hope and there’s finally some inspiration,” Pope said.

Rush Copley expects its first shipment of vaccines within the next day or two.