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Lesson in kindness grows to become something more meaningful than a merit badge

Girl Scout Troop 3443 bring a meal and notes of encouragement to Reclamation House women. (Source: Dana Moore) Girl Scout Troop 3443 bring a meal and notes of encouragement to Reclamation House women. (Source: Dana Moore)
One example of the notes given to Reclamation House women. (Source: Dana Moore) One example of the notes given to Reclamation House women. (Source: Dana Moore)
Lots of hugs were shared during the evening. (Source: Dana Moore) Lots of hugs were shared during the evening. (Source: Dana Moore)
The Girl Scouts wrote personal cards to each Reclamation House resident. (Source: Dana Moore) The Girl Scouts wrote personal cards to each Reclamation House resident. (Source: Dana Moore)
Troop 3443 packed lunches and a dessert into personalized bags for each Reclamation House resident. (Source: Dana Moore) Troop 3443 packed lunches and a dessert into personalized bags for each Reclamation House resident. (Source: Dana Moore)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

It was a picture-perfect moment.

Women from all walks of life and from all parts of the state, standing alongside a small group of smiling young girls wearing Girl Scout sashes on the staircase at Jonesboro's Reclamation House, a group living facility for women after drug rehabilitation or incarceration. Some might call the merging of the two groups quite a contrast. But, in that moment, both entities came together in fellowship and a simple act of kindness. Girl Scout Troop 3443 had just brought the residents a meal they prepared themselves.

"We were working on our Simple Meal Badge," said Dana Moore, one of two troop leaders. "It was the girls' idea to turn our badge into an act of kindness."

Moore leads the Girl Scout troop, along with Shelly Burton. The Girl Scouts wrote personal cards of encouragement to every Reclamation House resident.

"The thoughtfulness was very emotional, especially since most residents have children they are rebuilding relationships with," said Cathy Frans, executive director of Reclamation House. "So with the holidays coming up, it was so very touching and gave the Reclamation House residents hope for their own futures."

The women live in a 102-year-old house at 534 West Washington Avenue. While they are there, Reclamation House works with the women to become productive members of society again.

"We picked Reclamation House because they are literally transforming women's lives," Moore said.

The Girl Scouts of Troop 3443, who meet weekly at Southwest Church of Christ, finished their Simple Meal Badge by making a one-pot meal. The girls decided they would turn their "learning experience" into a "giving experience."

"The girls wrote cards personally to each lady there, as well as, packed the soup in personalized lunch sacks for each resident," Moore said. 

Adorned with personalized drawings, and multi-colored illustrations, the Reclamation House women found messages like this one:

"Dear Dawn, I hope you love our one-pot meal we made for you! P.S. I love your name! From, Alexa, Troop 3443." 

"The Girl Scouts were a breath of fresh air, and brought so much joy and happiness with the soup, lunch bags and handmade cards of encouragement," Frans said. "All of the residents will treasure this memory of that love and support." 

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