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Girl Scouts use cookie money for good cause

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A local Girl Scout troop decided to use the profits from last year's cookie sales to spread holiday cheer to some children in need.

The scouts purchased over $600 worth of holiday gifts for children staying at the Hubbard House domestic violence shelter.

"It made me feel like I was helping the kids in the way they needed, and in a way they really wanted,” troop member Abigail said.

The troop bought new toys to donate and gave them all to the children Thursday afternoon, just in time for Christmas.

The troop leader, Rebecca Fixel, said her mother is a founding member of Hubbard House and the charity is close to her heart.

The girls also bought deodorant, tooth brushes, tooth paste, blankets, books and other items to donate.

“What I thought was a good idea is that we get an item a kid would really love, and mixed it with an item they would really need,” Abigail said. “Like we get them My Little Pony and we get them a My Little Pony blanket.”

All of the troop members attend school at the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School at the Jacksonville Jewish Center in Mandarin.