What a sweet and touching story this is.  It's about a local Girl Scout, inspired by a friend's scary experience in the hospital, who is urging customers to be a little selfless this Girl Scout Cookie season.

Our news partner WZZM TV13 produced this story last week, and I wanted to share it with you.

Randi Pennington is the little five-year-old I'm talking about.  She is a Daisy Scout for the Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore. And, of course Randi wants you to buy all of your cookie boxes from her, but she says you should buy them for Michigan Blood, not for the family pantry.

WZZM said that Randi recently watched Sunday School companion and fellow five-year-old, Liza Brouwer battle Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) along with her 11-year-old sister Lily. HUS is an illness brought on by exposure to E. coli, and in many cases the disease can be deadly.

Randi was so touched that she drew pictures for the girls and asked her mom about their progress.

So, Randi and her Mom decided they wanted to do something meaningful. Their sales pitch quickly turned into a plea: Donate boxes to Michigan Blood because they helped my friends survive a terrible illness.

Guess what?  Randi's sales exploded. She now has over 500 boxes sold and continues to sell everyday.

All of us can help, as well, by donating Girl Scout Cookie boxes to Michigan Blood.  Just find your local Grand Rapids Area Girl Scout and check a little box on the form!

If you would like to donate specifically to Randi, Christian Brothers Automotive is accepting checks on her behalf. You can send them or bring them into the shop on Kalamazoo and 28th Street in Grand Rapids. Just make sure your checks are made out to GSMISTS Troop 4041.