By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — Local fire officials received a special visit from young Girl Scouts bearing gifts of warmth and security.
Members of Daisy/Brownie Troop 13966 paid a visit to the Central Fire Station on Jan. 22, bringing loads of stuffed bears along to donate to the fire officials for children in need.
Sixteen Scouts went to the station with five troop leaders to tour the station and meet the firefighters.
Firefighter Josh Sturges led the troop on a tour of the station, showing off the dispatch center and the garage bays where the fire trucks are parked.
The girls also saw how an ambulance works, how patients are treated during emergency calls and how a firefighter dresses for a typical fire call.
The Scouts brought along 16 stuffed bears they created at the Build-a-Bear Workshop at the Mall of New Hampshire. The bears will be donated to the department to use during emergencies when children are injured or need some security.
“These stuffed animals will go to any child that the firefighters help on the scene,” troop co-leader Dawn Boudros said. “This will, hopefully, put a child at ease or at least put a little smile on their face in this time of need.”
Scouts range in age from 6 to 7 years old. Boudros said having the Scouts visit the fire station was a great learning experience about how to give and care for others when they need it most.
Even though the Scouts gladly gave up the stuffed bears, it was a bit difficult for some to let go.
“We had a lot of fun, they did really well at Build-a-Bear,” co-leader Chris Haswell said. “We encouraged them about the good thing they were doing. But some wanted to keep the bears.”