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Random Act of Cookies to Continue Despite Controversy

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Two Durango teenagers who wound up in court after dropping off some cookies at a neighbor's house say they don't plan to dispensing kindness anonymously.

Even after being ordered to pay $930 in medical bills and facing the glare of national publicity for a week, Taylor Ostergaard and Lindsey Jo Zellitti say they're not discouraged and want to keep giving.

The medical bills were for a neighbor who said she was so scared she had to go to the hospital after the teenagers knocked on her door late one night and left cookies on her porch. Wanita Young and her husband say they tried to settle the dispute, even enlisting their clergy. Ostergaard's mother says the teens offered to pay the medical claims if the Youngs would sign a liability release.

As the story spread, the girls were inundated with requests for interviews, and appeared on national television. A cookie company has created a "kindness cookie" in their honor.

Things haven't gone so well for the Youngs. They say they've had to hire a lawyer and their phone has been ringing off the hook. They've gotten hate mail and threats.


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