December 30 at 3:38pm

Girl Scouts fill Merle’s Place with song

The sounds of young voices singing Christmas carols rang out through the nutrition center Dec. 23.

Cadette Girl Scouts from Troop 4432 in Valley Center gave some Christmas cheer to residents of Merle’s Place at Interfaith’s Escondido headquarters. The veterans there often joined in with the scouts, siblings and adult leaders in singing such holiday classics as “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “White Christmas” and “Do You Hear What I Hear.”

“It was excellent. A little bit of a traditional Christmas,” said David, one of the residents joining in the singing as he ate his evening meal.”

“We really enjoyed it,” added Steve, another Merle’s Place resident.

Along with the singing, the Girl Scouts brought a donation $100, money raised through their annual cookie sale, along with a bag of toiletries and socks for the residents, and several boxes of cupcakes for dessert.

The girls, all sixth through eighth graders at Valley Center Middle School, really enjoy giving back to the community, said Heidi Kvitli, one of the troop’s three leaders, along with Cindy Nagy and Mary Livingston.

“They would donate every month if they had the money,” said Kvitli. “They like to know that selling cookies helps people take care of their daily needs. They might make $500 or $600 (a year), and they want to give that away and more.”

Other troop projects have included singing at nursing homes for Easter, at the Salvation Army and at the emergency winter homeless shelter in Escondido.