SEATTLE — One local Girl Scout troop is working double time to sell cookies for a good cause — and a good friend.
Seven-year-old Mckenzie Harris is paralyzed from her chest down after a New Year`s Day crash just a 100 yards from her Eatonville home. Police say the family pickup was hit head-on by another truck.
“She’s got sensation all the way down her whole body, hot … cold … dull … sharp,” said her dad, Doug Harris.
Mckenzie’s mother, father, brother and two cousins were also injured in the crash.
And now her parents face another hurdle: How to pay for her care?
“How do you pay for that?” asked Doug. “How does the average family pay for something like that?”
Just outside Mckenzie’s hospital door is a sign — something that accident couldn’t take from this Girl Scout.
“She has a cookie booth at her hospital bed; she`s already sold 433 boxes of cookies,” said Stefanie Ellis, of the Girl Scouts of Western Washington.
In addition, Mckenzie`s troop has decided to dedicate all the profits from their cookie sales to help pay her medical bill and make the family home wheelchair accessible.
“That`s kind of the most beautiful piece of this, that the girls made the decision on their own and now they`re seeing what kind of impact they can have,” Ellis said.
And it can’t come too soon for the Harris family.
“We need help. We need a lot of help and we tell ourselves we`re doing it for her, we`re doing it for her,” Doug Harris said.
The Girl Scouts will be out this Saturday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Walmart Supercenter in Spanaway if you’d like to buy some cookies to help the Harris family.