WYNNEWOOD Seven-year-old Freida Atkins has spent days in her Wynnewood home packaging macaroons to send to Jewish soldiers overseas in time for Passover, though she's allergic to them herself.
Freida is also plagued by idiopathic anaphylaxis, a rare, life-threatening disease in which a wide range of substances can trigger severe allergic reactions.
But that hasn't stopped her. She is a Girl Scout.
Inspired by her family's Chabad Lubavitch background, and driven to add to her growing collection of 18 Girl Scout badges, she packaged and sorted 160 cans filled with macaroons to give to Jewish soldiers in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Germany, and Qatar who are looking for some holiday spirit during Passover, which starts Monday night. For many American Jews who observe Passover's prohibition against leavening, macaroons are not only a tradition but a favorite post-Seder sweet.