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R.I. Girl Scouts donate to Coventry heart charity

July 29, 2013

Front row (l-r): Alissa Robtaille, Genevieve Cava, Ila-ann Smith, Danica Aguiar of Coventry and Cassidy DeMayo. Back Row (l-r): Ron Cascione (Heart & Hope Fund board member), Louise Dinsmore, Ginger Lallo (Girl Scouts of R.I. Director of Product Sales), Nancy Aguiar (board member) and Christopher Plante (board member). Submitted Photo.

WARWICK— With community service as their main priority, the Girl Schools of Rhode Island chose a local non-profit organization as the recipient of their cookie sales, which ultimately will help children throughout the state.

During December the girl scouts begin selling their famous cookies and each year they give a portion of their sales to a community service project.

This year, the girl scouts chose to give $6,415 to the Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart & Hope Fund.

This fund was started by Louise and Jeff Dinsmore of Coventry after their daughter Gabrielle passed away at the age of two. It was originally created to fund Gabrielle’s Heart camp for kids with heart disease and heart defects.

Gabrielle was born with a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a congenital heart defect that causes a thickening of the heart’s wall muscle.

During her life, she underwent three open heart surgeries and spent a lot of time at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital in Boston.

“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.

After the foundation was selected by the girl scouts, Dinsmore said she traveled throughout the state to various scout locations to speak to them about congenital heart disease.

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