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Published 4/14/2020

Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan Rises Up to Serve Girls amid COVID-19 Crisis

Organization Launches Virtual Programs


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With the world coming to a screeching halt, it seems that everything has been cancelled. Girl Scouts, however, is officially not cancelled, the organization announced recently.
Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan says it has pivoted its program model to allow all girls to participate in virtual Girl Scout programming, including badge earning activities and the Cookie Program. Content posted daily on the group's Facebook page provides activities, education, and fun for girls ages 5-17. Topics include community service, cybersecurity, engineering, arts and STEAM, friendship, and more, as new topics are added daily. A full menu of virtual offerings can be found on the GSHOM website.

Girls are enjoying this wide array of virtual activities, while planning for in-person adventures, troop activities, field trips, and community service projects, when all is safe for interaction. As part of that planning, girls are continuing to participate in the cookie program, the largest entrepreneurial program for girls in the world!

Girls throughout Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan have digital cookie stores, from which you can order cookies to be shipped right to your door. You also have the chance to donate to the girl’s Hometown Hero effort, which supports the purchase of cookies for local frontline healthcare workers and first responders. These purchases support girls right in your community, and ensure that girls reach the goals they have set for themselves and their troops. Anyone interested in purchasing cookies from a girl right here in our community can email
Girl Scouts have always risen to the challenge, helping out during the Spanish influenza in 1918 and during both World Wars. Today’s Girl Scouts are no different. We have seen girls across our great state doing what they can to make a positive difference in their world around them, through creating homemade masks, donating cookies, and planning socially distanced community service opportunities.

Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan boasts over 15,000 members across 34 counties in Michigan. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit



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Update 4/12/2020

Governor Whitmer is defending Thursday's stay-at-home extension and expansion despite criticism over what some believe are unnecessary restrictions and inconsistent requirements. The order remains in place until April 30th.

Two people were hospitalized after a reported stabbing and attempted theft after a crash along I-94.  When authorities arrived they discovered the suspect had stabbed someone and was trying to steal a semi trailer.

Shiawassee County has reported its first COVID-related death; a man in his 30s who had underlying health conditions.  The county has now topped 50 positive cases after a cluster was discovered at Durand Senior Care & Rehab that includes both employees and residents.

Bebe Winans is recovering from COVID-19, he revealed last week.  He said his mother and brother are also among those diagnosed with the disease.  Winans said he got the virus when he flew to Detroit to attend a funeral.

Grand Rapids Symphony and Symphony Chorus presented an online performance of the Hallelujah Chorus to celebrate the Easter holiday.  "Hallelujah for Hope: From Our Homes to yours" can be found on the group's Facebook and YouTube pages.

32 Jackson area Pastors read portions of John Chapter 20.  The readings were compiled into a single video that demonstrates togetherness, even in a time such as this.

Flint Community Schools meal distribution has moved to two days each week.  The district said students would receive the same number of meals, but meals would need to be picked up according to the new schedule.

Two feet of snow is expected in some parts of the Upper Peninsula as a late season storm pushes through the state early this week.  Meanwhile, Michigan's lower peninsula is preparing for high winds that could result in power outages.