In support of Dinsmore Heart & Hope
This year, the girls of Girl Scouts of Rhode Island chose the Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart & Hope Fund as the beneficiary of the Cookie Sale Community Service Project. 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. Louise and Jeff 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 a check for $6,415.21 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. Front row, left to right: Alissa Robtaille, Pawtucket Troop 388, Genevieve Cava, East Greenwich Troop 285, Ila-ann Smith, East Greenwich Troop 285, Danica Aguiar, and Cassidy DeMayo, Pawtucket Troop 388. Back row, second from left: Louise Dinsmore, executive director of Heart & Hope Fund, Ginger Lallo, GSRI director of product sales, accompanied by Heart & Hope Fund Board Members Ron Cascione, left, Nancy Aguiar, second from right, and Christopher Plante.