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Pelham Girl Scouts Bring Sweets to Local Veterans

PELHAM, N.Y. – Pelham Girl Scouts roamed the streets of the village Friday to present every veteran in Pelham with a bag of baked goods to thank them for their service to the United States this Veterans Day.

For the third year in a row, the Girl Scouts and dozens of volunteers first gathered in the Richard J. Daronco Town House on Fifth Avenue and brought their baked goods. They then bagged the sweets and went out into Pelham to hand deliver them to approximately 300 veterans.

Teri Conforti, service unit manager for the Girl Scouts, said Veterans Day offers a chance for the scouts to show their appreciation to the soldiers.

“This is a time when the community of Girl Scouts gathers to say thank you to the men and women who wore the uniform of our country,” Conforti said.

The event began three years ago when Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Kayla Cartelli, who was in high school at the time, wanted to do something to honor the veterans in a personal way. Cartelli’s father was in the Vietnam War in the U.S. Army.

“Kayla was a wonderful role model for many of the older girls…She started a trend,” Conforti said.

Conforti said the reaction to the Veterans Day event has been overwhelmingly positive. Veterans laugh, cry and sometimes invite the volunteers into their homes to show them photos and memories of their days in service.

Conforti’s neighbor, a former member of the Air Force who has not been involved in military service in 40 years, came to her door just to thank her for the recognition. She said the simple act of bringing a cookie or brownie to a veteran can touch them in a profound way.

“It’s a very small thing to do, but sometimes a simple thank you says so much more than those two words,” Conforti said.

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