MINNEAPOLIS – A St. Cloud girl stuck in the hospital is learning sweetness is contagious.

For years Sophina Lindquist has been delivering chocolate chip cookies to police officers, firefighters and EMS crews at several central Minnesota departments.

This past week their first responder colleagues in the Twin Cities have been returning the favor.

“I think we've had 35 visits,” Sophina’s mother, Connie Lindquist, said from Children’s Minnesota hospital.

Nine-year-old Sophina got an ambulance ride to the hospital last Friday due to a bad infection.

Her mother credits the visits from several law enforcement agencies for her improving outlook.

“It physically changes her. It's just been an incredible gift,” Connie Lindquist said.

Among Sophina’s visitors Friday were Sgt. Joshua Davis and Officer Andrew Erickson from the Shakopee Police Department.

“Oh, my word,” Sophina squealed as the pair presented her with a Shakopee police patch.

“Couldn't ignore her story, it was too sweet,” Davis said.