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Forreston Girl Scouts make blankets for Polo Rehab residents

Residents of Polo Rehabilitation and Health Care Center received gifts Dec. 22 that warmed their bodies and hearts alike.

Eight members of Forreston Girls Scout Troop 1092 and their three leaders delivered handmade fleece blankets and Christmas cards to each of the center’s 48 residents, and treated them to Christmas carols besides.

After leading the residents in “Jingle Bells” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” the Scouts handed out the blankets and cards, receiving big smiles and enthusiastic thank yous in return.

Troop leader Heather Menke said the troop learned in November that the center was short on blankets and set to work filling that need.

Leader Dr. April Moore said the 17 girls in the troop worked for five hours on a recent Saturday, making a total of 51 blankets. Some even took blankets home to finish them.

“The girls worked really hard on this project,” she said. “We wanted to be absolutely sure everyone got a blanket and a card.”

Moore also credited the community for pitching in.

The Forreston Lions Club, Forreston State Bank, Koeller’s Forreston Hardware, numerous citizens, and Moore herself made monetary donations that paid for the materials.