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A simple act of kindness can go a long way. Aria Palaganas explained, "Just doing a random act of kindness - it's not that hard to do. It only takes a few seconds or a few minutes. Anything that helps."

The Girl Scout says that's the inspiration for "Somebunny Cares About You!", an event hosted by the Guam Girl Scouts Cadette Troops 199 and 241. "The overall of Somebunny Cares was to bring cards for people in the hospital around spring time. And just to put a smile on their face," Palaganas said. And spreading happiness and cheer to those who are sick shouldn't be limited to the holidays, as she continued, "During springtime, everyone is having fun. It's Easter. Especially on Guam there's fiestas and parties and family. And so people in the hospital, they may not have as much family visiting them around springtime. So we feel that they're kind of down about it. So we wanted to brighten up their day and bring them a card, to know that somebody out there cares about them."

In March, the Girl Scouts invited the community to join them in creating cards. Residents young and old gathered at the Guam Premier Outlets to color and personalize large Easter cards for patients at the Guam Memorial Hospital and the US Naval Hospital, which were delivered the week of Easter. Palaganas said, "In some cards we did write messages. Some of the community came and they wrote get well soon, I care about you. But mostly we put stickers on the cards so they know it's from Guam Girl Scouts, the people who made it and it has the logo on it: Somebunny Cares About You"

For her sister Harmony Palaganas, it was a great opportunity to lead by example. "Because it's a girl-planned and a girl-led event, we learned skills like communication skills, leadership and it helps you," she said.

And to see the community jump on their efforts even more exciting. Sisters Bricia and Brica Olkeriil said, "What made me interested is to see all the little kids come and get a card and all the adults not afraid to give a card," and "It makes us an everyday hero because we know we can brighten up somebody's day sometimes they're down."

This was the first year the two troops collaborated to host the event, and again, another fine example of why the girl scouts exist: to empower young girls. Palaganas said, "I'm glad I joined the Girl Scouts because it gives me new opportunities and helps me learn and meet new people."

Brica Olkeriil said, "I'm glad I joined the Girl Scouts because I get to meet new people and new girls and make more friends and learn new things that can help me through my daily life."

Aria said, "Working with another troop this year, it was really fun getting to know new girls and that's what girl scouts is about. Getting to work with other people, working together, and knowing each other."

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