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Mitzvah Monday: Girl Scouts’ good deeds

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Sisters Nicole Young, 9, left, and Vanessa Young, 8, right, of Nampa Girl Scout Troop 31, rake leaves outside the home of Florence Roberts, Saturday morning, Oct. 27, 2007, in Nampa, Idaho. Two hundred forty seven volunteers raked leaves at the homes of the elderly and disabled in Nampa as part of the annual Rake Up Nampa event.
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Lizzy Markstrum, 13, of Girl Scout Cadette Troop 2154, smooches with a Chihuahua freshly dressed in a fleece coat made by the girls, at he Orange County Animal Shelter in Orange, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. Markstrum later tried, to no avail, convince her mom into adopting the Chihuahua. Thirteen Girl Scouts from Cadette Troop 2154 visited the shelter to deliver fleece jackets they made for the homeless dogs.
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Cpl. Mark Juarez, the armory custodian for MSSG-22, from Craig, Colo., helps distribute Girl Scout cookies to fellow Marines and Sailors, Wednesday, June 26, 2002, in East African nation of Djibouti. About 2,000 boxes of cookies were donated by actor Bruce Willis and his family.
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From left, 11-year-old Justine Espinosa, 12-year-old Tonya Johnson, and 10-year-old Regina Contreras, members of Girl Scout Troop 2071 of Brighton, Colo., place photos of missing children on the steps of the State Capitol in Denver on Tuesday, June 22, 2004, before a vigil to mark Colorado Missing Children’s Week.
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Members of a Girl Scout group from Ham Lake, Minn., pose on Jan. 30, 2007, with cigarette butts collected from local parks to encourage city official’s to ban smoking at parks.
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Girl Scout Aurora Ortiz helps place U.S. flags near head stones at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in preparation of Memorial Day, Friday, May 28, 2010, in San Antonio. About 100,000 flags were placed.

Daisies and brownies make everyone smile, so it’s no surprise that Thin Mints aren’t the only way Girl Scouts deliver joy. Meredith Bingham, a Junior Scout in Troop 11085, recently brought happiness to 50 fostered kids in Epsom, New Hampshire, with hand-sewn bags of supplies, according to the Concord Monitor.

The 11-year-old who wanted to earn her Bronze Award — a special patch earned for a 15-hour service project — was inspired to help displaced children while watching a boy being taken away from his parents on the news. Bingham filled her bags with all kinds of goodies from toiletries, like soap and toothbrushes courtesy of Northeast Delta Dental in Concord, to fleece blankets and toys. The little hero brought her care packages to the Epsom Police Department for impressed officers to distribute to kids in need.

Bingham is not alone, however, and Girls Scouts all over the nation do good deeds as often as possible. Click through our above slideshow of scouts helping out to get inspired to do a mitzvah of your own.

And just to make your Monday a tiny bit sweeter, below is possibly the greatest song ever written and performed about Girl Scout cookies: “Cookie Time” from the film “Troop Beverly Hills”

Happy Monday!

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