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Perham girls bring smiles to the sick

The Junior Catholic Daughters of the Americas (JCDA) in Perham raised $220 to benefit a program at the hospital called “Compassion Closet." Courtesy photo.

Being sick isn't something to smile about, but the Junior Catholic Daughters of the Americas (JCDA) in Perham are trying to make patients' days just a little brighter. The girls have been delivering cards around twice a month at Perham Health Hospital. They especially enjoy talking to the new mothers in the birth center.

"It's great to see the joy in their eyes when they get the cards," a JCDA member says. This year, the Juniors decided to do a little bit more. The girls sold chocolate bars after masses at St. Henry's Catholic Church to benefit a program at the hospital called "Compassion Closet," that gives patients fresh clothes when their old ones are in bad shape and they might not be able to afford new ones. They raised $220 dollars and the parishioners at St. Henry's were big fans of the chocolate bars. The girls presented the check to the hospital on July 17.

The Junior Court was started on Sept. 25, 2016, and has been active since then. They have over 20 members going into grades 2-9, and have grown a lot since they started.

"I've really liked being involved in JCDA and I hope it continues to grow," says JCDA President Madeline Abbott. The JCDA girls want to thank the Perham Hospital for letting them deliver cards, and they hope that they can continue to help them bring smiles to the sick.

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