Girl Scout cookie-selling season has ended abruptly as the coronavirus pandemic continues. While troops can no longer sell at booths, one local group has decided to use their tasty treats to support first responders on the front lines of the crisis.
Troop 19822 in Stockbridge has decided to raise funds on GoFundMe in order to donate their remaining boxes of unsold cookies — amounting to 50 cases — to fire firelighters, police offers and medical professionals in the area.
“Our daises and brownies were disappointed because the cookie booth season came to an end quiet early,” troop leader Daphne Johnson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “They love to sell cookies. It's fun for them! We have many cookies that left over.”
“The girls asked if they could donate the cookies to people that are working extra hard to keep us safe. They really were thoughtful of who they wanted to give the cookies to. That list included many of the first responders,” she continued.
The GoFundMe page states the troop will deliver the cookies “while maintaining (at) a safe distance.”
The troop hopes to collect $2,400 in the fundraiser.
“Our Troop usually gives back to the community each year, however, this year has been different and difficult,” Johnson said. “It is challenging for the girls to be at home away from school and their regular activities. This is something that they are excited about.”
Boxes will be donated equally to Henry and Clayton County fire departments and police departments, Emory and Grady hospitals and Atlanta’s Rainbow Village to name a few.
Johnson said the troop hopes to inspire positivity with their sweet donations.
“The girls simply want to cheer people up, especially those who are on the front lines,” Johnson said. “They realize the first responders are tired and overwhelmed. A box of cookies could make someone's day brighter. They want people to be reminded of the positive side of things. I believe it's the small things that lifts us up during challenging times.”
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