Girl Scouts Honor Founder’s Birthday with Gift for Newborn

Published: November 1, 2023

LANSING, MI – Several local Girl Scout troops helped welcome Josephine Rose Hugo of St. Johns, the first baby girl born at E.W. Sparrow Hospital on Tuesday, Oct. 31, to honor Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low's birthday.

The Eaton Rapids Girl Scouts troops gifted little Josephine’s family with a gift basket full of diapers, blankets, toys and other essentials.

“The troops decided to do something special to welcome a new generation of Girl Scouts into the world,” said Troop Leader Jaclyn Barcroft. “We wish the very best to the family that receives this care package.”

Girl Scout Troop 30051 - Oct. 2023 Donation

Troop leader Jaclyn Barcroft, of Eaton Rapids Girl Scout Troop 30051, and her daughter pose with the gift basket donated to newborn Josephine Hugo.

Joel and Kylie Hugo Receive Girl Scout Gifts, Oct. 2023

Parents Joel and Kylie Hugo of St. Johns hold baby Josephine after receiving a gift basket from Eaton Rapids Girl Scout troops.

Low was born in 1860 and founded the Girl Scouts in 1912. The Girl Scouts celebrate Low on Oct. 31, which is also Girl Scout Founder’s Day, with the aim of encouraging all girls to transform themselves into something more significant, bolder and more daring than they ever thought possible.

“It’s awesome to partner with our community organizations to surprise families with valuable baby items that every family can appreciate,” says Tonyie Andrews-Johnson, DNP, director of Women’s Services at Sparrow. “We always have something for the first baby born every year, it was awesome to surprise another family, too.”

With some 3,500 baby deliveries a year – nearly a quarter million babies and counting – E.W. Sparrow Hospital is Mid-Michigan’s premier birthing center, the region’s only Baby-Friendly designated hospital, and participates in the state’s Birthing Hospital project to enhance critical birthing services and work toward reducing infant mortality. It is also home to Mid-Michigan’s only Regional Intensive Care Unit (RNICU).

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Sparrow is Mid-Michigan’s premier health care organization that includes hospitals in Lansing, Charlotte, St. Johns, Ionia and Carson City as well as Sparrow Care Network, Sparrow Medical Group, the Michigan Athletic Club, and AL!VE. Sparrow is part of University of Michigan Health System. Through the dedication of our 10,000 caregivers, Sparrow pursues a vision to be nationally recognized as a leader in quality and patient experience. For more information, visit