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McKenna Brown, left, and Aliciya Engesser, members of Cascade Cadette Girl Scout Troop 7282, decorate the “Mitten Tree” at Ohnward Bank & Trust they came up with for their Silver Award project.

They may speak quietly and tentatively around people they’re meeting for the first time, but a pair of Cascade-area Girl Scouts is sure to make a warm impact with a project they came up with to earn their Silver Award.

McKenna Brown and Aliciya Engesser, members of the Cascade Cadette Girl Scout Troop 7282, decided that to earn the Girl Scouts’ top award for Cadettes they would help provide hats, scarves and mittens to those in the community who need them. The girls' created a "Mitten Tree" that is located at Ohnward Bank & Trust, 332 1st Ave. West, in Cascade. The Mitten Tree is a Christmas tree that is decorated with the winter items instead of ornaments, and is sure to provide an extra layer of warmth this holiday season.

Citizens are encouraged to help the girls decorate the tree with warm hats, scarves, mittens and gloves, which Brown and Engesser will deliver to the Cascade Food Pantry.

The national Girl Scouts website (girlscouts.org) states of the Silver Award, “When Girl Scout Cadettes focus on an issue they care about, learn the facts, and take action to make a difference, they gain the confidence and skills that will catapult them to lifelong success. It all adds up to the Girl Scout Silver Award — the highest honor a Cadette can achieve.”

The girls’ idea grew from a seed first planted when they were brainstorming ideas for their project.

“Me and one of my friends at Girl Scouts came up with it,” Brown said. She and Engesser came up with their plan after first thinking about doing something at one of the nursing homes in town. “We wanted to do something for all ages like this.”

Engesser was a scout on a mission as she and Brown put the finishing touches on their project. When asked why doing one like the Mitten Tree was so important, “she said softly, “It’s to help people.”