Samantha Hook, 12, of North Las Vegas, Nev., a member of Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada and a sixth-grader at Somerset Academy, collected small toys and other fun items to fill 200 ziplock bags and delivered them to a residential facility where families stay while their loved ones are being treated at the local VA hospital. “Before, Fisher House did not have anything for children to play with, so the kids were often bored or sad about their hospitalized family member,” said Samantha, whose father is a disabled veteran.
Accompanied by her best friend, Samantha visited Fisher House to determine exactly what kind of gifts would be best for the young people who stay there. Then they began soliciting donations from Girl Scout troops, the American Legion Auxiliary and the military community at Nellis Air Force Base. Once they had enough items, they packaged them all in ziplock bags and delivered them to the manager of Fisher House, who was “very excited and pleased,” said Samantha. Included in the bags were things like dolls, toy cars, coloring books, crayons, jewelry, footballs and baby toys, plus blank cards that the recipients could use to write a letter or draw a picture for their hospitalized family member. “The project was incredibly important to me because I made other little kids happy,” said Samantha.