OGDEN -- Jessica McDonald and Jason Allred got more than one treat when their daughter Kynlee was born on Halloween. The couple were in their room at Ogden Regional Medical Center early Thursday morning when they got a knock on their door. When they opened it, the director of the maternity ward was standing there with a basket of goodies for their newborn, courtesy of the Frontier Girl Scout Community.
"We were just amazed," McDonald said. "The basket is huge, and it's full of so much. There are blankets, diapers, wipes, bottles, hats and a onesie that says, 'Future Girl Scout' on the front."
Frontier troop leader Rae Rankin said the girls wanted to do something to honor founder Juliette Gordon Low, whose birthday also fell on Halloween back in 1860.
"We have about 200 girls in our community, which covers Sunset, Clinton, Syracuse, Clearfield and parts of Layton," Rankin said.
"This year, we decided to celebrate our founder's birthday by taking a basket full of goodies to the first baby girl born at Ogden Regional and the first baby girl born at McKay-Dee Hospital."
Kynlee entered the world at 12:54 a.m. weighing 8 pounds 6 ounces.
Two of the Girl Scouts, Elizabeth Rankin, 8, and Olivia Worcester, 9, delivered the baskets to the maternity wards Wednesday evening.
"We asked the girls to donate new baby items," Rankin said. "We were amazed at how much we collected, and some of the girls even made the receiving blankets that went into the baskets."
Juliette Gordon Low, known as "Daisy" to her friends and family, grew up in Savannah, Ga. In 1911, she met Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides. A year later, she gathered 18 girls in her hometown and formed the first Girl Scout troop. From those original 18, the Scouting program has grown to 3.7 million members.
"It's a great group," McDonald said. "I belonged to the Girl Scouts when I was little, and we will definitely put Kynlee in when she's old enough. It's so cool the girls would donate something like this. We are very grateful."