It was an unexpected gift on Valentine’s Day gifts often reserved for more notable local heroes and politicians. But on Thursday, members of Girl Scout Troop 77 honored District 4 snow plow drivers with homemade cookies and Valentine's cards.
More than 30 Scouts were greeted by a handful of crew members at the Shoshone Maintenance shed where six bags of cookies and more than 100 cards – to be distributed throughout the district – were presented to the drivers.
“This is part of a national project for the Girls Scouts called ‘Brownie Smiles,' " troop leader Karma Fitzgerald said. “It’s usually done for local officials, but I wanted to do something different. When we were planning it is when we had a lot of snow and the drivers were busy.”
Fitzgerald said she suggested to the girls to make the cards but it was the idea of the girls, a troop of more than 60, to make the cookies. After presenting the cards and cookies, the girls also sang and introduced themselves to the drivers.
“They jumped on board and wanted to do it big,” Fitzgerald added.
“They cover the road by my front walk, and our dogs freak out when they go by, but they’re real cool,” said senior troop member Cheyann Donaldson, 14.
For their effort, the girls were introduced to the drivers and treated to a tour of a snow plow truck – where all of the girls got to pull on the air horn.
“The drivers loved it; they had big smiles the whole time, and I think they really appreciate being recognized,” District 4 Communications Specialist Nathan Jerke said.