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Girl brings the power of cookies to first responders

ST. CLOUD — An 8-year-old girl is sharing the power of a good, home-baked cookie with emergency responders in Minnesota.

KARE-TV reports that Sophina Lindquist distributes chocolate-chip cookies several times a month to police departments, fire stations and ambulance companies in and around St. Cloud.

The regular trips with her mother and older sister started after a police officer was shot in 20014. Sophina, who has Down syndrome, now visits almost 20 departments, changing uniforms to match the agencies she visits, each adorned with patches given to her by police, firefighters and EMS crews.

Sophina, who leaves most of the cooking to one of her sisters, keeps a list of her first-responder friends and, with her mother’s help, prays for them at bedtime.

She also says a prayer when she hears a siren.