Brown­ies, se­niors ter­rific team

El­derly pack hol­i­day pack­ages for sol­diers with help from “cutest bunch of elves”

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Tom McGhee

A group of Brown­ies dressed as elves got to­gether with se­niors at a Lit­tle­ton mem­ory care com­mu­nity and on Sun­day helped them pack hol­i­day care pack­ages for U.S. sol­diers serv­ing in the Mid­dle East.

Me­gan Bal­son, 8, asked 79-yearold Bar­bara Kel­ley what to add to the Christ­mas card she was writ­ing to one of the sol­diers. “Put ‘We are think­ing of you,’ ” Kel­ley replied.

“They are the cutest bunch of elves I have ever seen,” Kel­ley added.

The 16 girls, all third-graders at a pair of Dou­glas County char­ter schools, Skyview Academy and Ben­jamin Franklin Academy, vis­ited res­i­dents of High­line Place on South Broad­way.

The girls are mem­bers of Brownie Troops 63933 and 60252.

“I think they’re won­der­ful. They make you feel good,” said Lucy Car­ney, 87. “They are so innocent and fun to be with.”

Kim Paul, a pa­tient ad­vo­cate with Syn­ergy HomeCare, and Jodi Corn­man, com­mu­nity re­la­tions di­rec­tor for High­line, came up with the idea of bring­ing in the Brown­ies to help the el­derly make the pack­ages for the “Adopt a U.S. Sol­dier” pro­gram.

For the Brown­ies, the visit was an op­por­tu­nity “to learn the im­por­tance of giv­ing back and spend­ing some time with se­niors,” said Alisa Poncher, a troop leader with 60252.

The care pack­ages in­cluded snacks, dis­pos­able ra­zors, wet wipes, tooth­brushes and other items.

Amanda Paul, 9, stood on one leg, her el­bows braced on a ta­ble, and scrawled her name, and that of Mary Warner. “I think it is won­der­ful when­ever the chil­dren are here,” said Warner, who added that her age is “in­de­scrib­able.”

Warner knew Amanda’s nowde­ceased father when he was a kid, said Kim Paul, the girl’s mother.

De­lanie Fierr, 8, said the sol­diers may not be safe and can’t come home for Christ­mas. “So we’re send­ing this to try to make them feel bet­ter.”

Sun­day in Lit­tle­ton, High­line Place Mem­ory Care res­i­dent Louise Car­ney, 87, thanks Jor­dan Poncher, a 9-year-old Brownie from High­lands Ranch, af­ter they made a hol­i­day care pack­age for U.S. sol­diers de­ployed over­seas. Andy Col­well, Spe­cial to The Den­ver Post

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