Scouts share kindness with cookies

Hewitt Girl Scout Troop 17 showed appreciation to Minnesota Veterans Homes last week through the gift of cookies.

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Girl Scout Lindsey Stange, left, and her mother and Girl Scout Leader, Lisa Stange stand with Gary Harris, Jr., Director of Public Affairs – Minnesota Veterans Home, Fergus Falls. The Stanges delivered six cases of cookies to the Veteran Homes.
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FERGUS FALLS — Minnesota Veterans Homes staff and residents had a very sweet day thanks to the thoughtful gift of cookies from Hewitt Girl Scout Troop 17.
Each year, the five Minnesota Veterans Homes celebrates what is known as Minnesota Veterans Home Week, which recognizes employees and dedicated caregivers who give round the clock care to veteran residents and spouses.
As part of that celebration, the Veterans Homes were gifted six cases of Girl Scout cookies by Hewitt Troop 17.
"We thank the girls and their leaders of Hewitt, MN Troop 17, who donated six cases of an assortment of Girl Scout cookies for our caregivers, staff, veteran residents, and veteran spouses," said Gary Harris, Jr., Director of Public Affairs – Minnesota Veterans Home, Fergus Falls.

Local Girl Scout Troop 613 recently gathered forces to provide comfort to the four-legged friends of a local non-profit.

“We are honored and touched by the generosity and thoughtfulness of Hewitt Girl Scout Troop 17 for thinking of our residents and their caregivers here in Fergus Falls. When I delivered a case of cookies to each of the three nursing units, the floor nurses were truly surprised and honored that the girls of Troop 17 had thought to honor them for their service and care of our veteran residents. There were enough cookies to give to other departments such as maintenance, recreation, and administration, as well as multiple packages of the delectable cookies for resident afternoon snacks after BINGO, held twice a week. This gift was well received by all. Thank you, Girl Scout Troop 17!”

After 14 years of advocacy by local officials, legislative sessions and federal funding announcements, work is about to begin on the Bemidji Veterans Home. To commemorate the moment, a groundbreaking ceremony was held with dozens of elected officials, veterans and other supporters who backed the project.

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