Girl Scouts make gifts for babies in Peru

As part of their Silver Award, members of Girl Scout Troop 55246 at Holy Trinity Parish in Robinson Township led a drive to crochet baby beanies for the diocesan-sponsored Maternidad de Maria maternity hospital in Chimbote, Peru.

The drive netted 759 beanies. Scouts Clare Mulvay, Melaina Merlo and Olivia Wegrzynowicz presented them to Dr. Patrick Joyce, director of the Office for Stewardship and assistant executive director of the Chimbote Foundation, and Gretchen Roos, chairwoman of the Chimbote strategic planning committee, during a Jan. 24 meeting at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Downtown Pittsburgh.

“It’s a message of love from the United States,” said Roos in accepting the donation.

The drive had an original goal of 300 little hats for newborns. Classes were held to teach people how to crochet the beanies. Women of the parish helped in the project, and beanies were also made by women from Park United Presbyterian Church in Zelienople.

The beanies were enclosed in shrink-wrap for easier transport. Some of them will be carried to Chimbote by pilgrims who will accompany Bishop David Zubik there later this month, while the rest will be taken by members of the two diocesan mission teams this summer.

The hospital is expected to mark its 100,000 birth in August.

Joyce told the Girl Scouts that their efforts are significant for spreading the diocesan mission’s message. “You are part of that now,” he said.