Young Scout happy 'to help people' by sharing cookies

Logan Deike, 6, and her mother, Ryan, give a box of Girl Scout cookies and some milk to one of the homeless men they met at the Gene Leahy Mall. Mom said Logan now understands about helping the less fortunate.

On a recent Saturday, Logan Deike, 6, and her mother, Ryan Deike, set out for the Gene Leahy Mall in downtown Omaha with a few boxes of Girl Scout cookies, cartons of milk and a plan to help others.

Ryan said someone had purchased five boxes of cookies from Logan, who is a member of Daisy Girl Scout Troop 43014. The buyer was more interested in helping the troop than in eating the cookies so asked Logan to do something good with them for Random Acts of Kindness Week, which was Feb. 14-20.

"I took it as an opportunity to teach Logan about helping those who are less fortunate than us," Ryan said, "and about being grateful for the things she has and having compassion for the people who don't have everything that we do."

Logan handed out three boxes of cookies and milk to homeless men downtown and one box to a construction crew working on a sidewalk downtown. She gave the last box to the firefighters at Station No. 43, 5505 N. 103rd St.

She said she enjoyed the experience.

"It felt good," she said. "I got to help people."

In addition to handing out the cookies, Ryan and Logan also picked up litter in their neighborhood and put together gift baskets to donate to a silent auction benefit.

Ryan, an art teacher at Marrs Magnet Middle School, said though she and her students do projects to help area homeless people, it was a new experience for her daughter.

"While we were passing out the cookies, she had a lot of questions. She wanted to know why they were sleeping on the street," Ryan said. "We talked about it and she started to get it ... That really affected her.

"She now is more aware of what homelessness is."

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