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Girl Scouts give a gift from the heart

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OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -

A group of girl scouts in Ocean Springs gathered on Friday to make a donation to a worthy charity.

Girl scouts from troop 5308 gathered in the library at St. Alphonsus School with one thing in mind, giving a big gift of love.

That gift came in the form of a big check, made out to Make–A-Wish.

Karen Futch is the Troop Leader.

"We chose Make-A-Wish because one of our classmates and friends passed away several years ago. And we are honoring her memory and we chose to do that by baking cakes. The girls each baked a cake," Futch explained.

That friend was Sophia Mohler, who fought a valiant battle against cancer. The scouts know about the good this donation will bring for others. Holding a bake sale was icing on the cake for scout Leah Crabtree.

"They had different themes. We had a Halloween one, the best in show, best in class, and mine was a rotten pumpkin," Crabtree said.

Meanwhile, officials with the Make-A-Wish Foundation said, while this donation may be relatively small when compared to most, it comes from some very big hearts.

Shellie Moses represents the organization.

"Three hundred bucks from these girls is absolutely more to us than the larger checks from the foundations and everything," Moses said. "These girls did it because they lost a fellow classmate that they loved dearly. And wanted to help pay it forward by helping other children, who are out there that need to have a wish granted."

Even though the ceremony was held in a usually quiet library, it was hard for the scouts to contain their joy on a job well done.

Sophia Mohler herself was given a vacation by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She and her family were treated to a Disneyland vacation in January of 2010. Sophia passed away later that year.

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