Girl Scouts spread holiday cheer

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Girl Scout troops from Hudson joined together before Christmas to spread holiday cheer to children and young adults with developmental disabilities.

Twenty-four Girl Scouts from troops 90995, 1091, 91154, and 91005 visited with residents at the Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities in Mantua to sing Christmas carols and distribute homemade cards and decorations.

The annual holiday tradition began in 2009 when Girl Scout Troop 90995 leader Rebecca Wulfeck expressed interest in hosting a caroling event at Hattie Larlham.

"I was familiar with the organization because my kids have participated in some of Hattie's camps over the years," said Wulfeck. "My troop had such a good time and the kids at Hattie Larlham seemed to truly enjoy it. We made this an annual tradition."

Girl Scout Troop 90995 also participated in other volunteer opportunities at Hattie Larlham such as sending birthday cards to children and young adults with developmental disabilities and making donations to Hattie Larlham residential homes and facilities.

"The girls have learned that small acts of kindness can bring real joy to others," Wulfeck said.

According to a spokesperson, the Hudson Girl Scouts inspired Hattie Larlham to start its own troop. In 2012, The Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio worked with Hattie Larlham to adjust the program to meet the needs of young women with developmental disabilities at the Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities. The program is adapted so residents can engage in activities similar to those of their typically developing peers. For more information about the Hudson Girl Scout troops, call Rebecca Wulfeck at 330-216-6776.

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