Sravya Annappareddy, a ten-year-old Indian-American girl, has been donating cookies to the nurses and firefighters for being the frontline warriors. Sravya, a fourth-grade student at the Hanover Hills Elementary School in Maryland, was honoured by President Donald Trump with two other 10-year-old Girl Scouts for their gesture. With the baked snacks, they also sent personalised greeting cards to the heroes who work in healthcare facilities.

Key Takeaways:

  • Sravya Annappareddy, 10, is a Girl Scouts Troop member and a fourth-grade student at the Hanover Hills Elementary School in Maryland.
  • This Indian-American girl has been honoured by President Donald Trump for donating cookies to the nurses and firefighters and sending personalised greeting cards to healthcare workers.
  • Among the others who were honoured was Amy Ford, a nurse from Williamson, West Virginia, who travelled to Brooklyn, New York, to work in a hospital besieged with COVID-19 patients.

Girl Scouts

Sravya is a Girl Scouts Troop member. She, Laila Khan (Pakistani American) and Lauren Matney are from Troop 744 in Elkridge, Maryland. All these 10-year-olds donated 100 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to local doctors, nurses, and firefighters. “Everyone can do something is what our team believed,” said Sravya who thinks she contributed small to a greater workforce, The Hindu reported. “We represented the entire school children of the US,” she said, adding her parents raised her with Indian values and belief of ‘Vasudaiva Kutumbakam’ (the world is one family).

The three girls were recognised at a ceremony held in Washington to honour coronavirus heroes.

“While we are honoured that our troop was invited to be here today, we know that we are just part of the millions of other children out there that are doing amazing things to support their communities, their friends, and their families. It is a privilege to be here representing all of them,” said Khan, who represented the troop. They also wrote 200 personalised cards for health care workers, the report said.

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Little heroes of society

US Embassy in Islamabad tweeted: “Congrats to 10-year-old Laila Khan, a Pakistani-American girl scout recognised by President Trump during a ceremony honouring coronavirus heroes! Laila donated 100 boxes of cookies to local medical workers & firefighters.”

“The men and women we honor today remind us that the bonds that unite us in times of hardship can also raise us to new heights as we reopen and recover and rebuild,” The Washington Times quoted the President as saying.

Sravya’s father, Vijay Reddy Annappareddy, originally from Andhra Pradesh, is a pharmacist in Maryland. He hails from Guntur while his wife Seeta Kallam, a medical graduate from Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam, hails from Narasaya Palem near Bapatla.

The proud father said Sravya always wanted to give back to society. In fact, she has been actively volunteering for various community activities along with her brother Aviv Annappareddy. “Recognition from White House was totally unexpected and this would make a huge difference to her life and her ambition to do more for the society,” he added.

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