Hilary Robertson / 15 October, 2016


By Dominic Valente, Daily Herald

Instead of going outside and enjoying a beautiful Saturday afternoon, the Girl Scouts of Utah County are inside, working tirelessly.

The troop has elected to participate in Build A Better Utah, a project aimed at helping people in the community.
This year, the group of girls decided to make hundreds of Procedure Dolls for Utah Valley Hospital.
The dolls are used to comfort kids who need treatment at the hospital, but may not have toys and such to keep them company.
“What we want to do is give back to the community,” said Amanda Simmons, one of the leaders with the Girl Scouts. “We want to be there for the kids in what ever way we can.”
 Simmons has children of her own, and after one of her kids spent some time in the hospital for treatment, she saw the difference when the child is not only cared for physically, but emotionally.
¬†“We want to make as many dolls as we can, so that we can reach as many kids as we can.”
The Girl Scouts of Utah County participate in Build a Better Utah every year, and this year they are the biggest Girl Scout volunteer operation in the state, according to Simmons.