Girl Scouts

The COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. in the midst of Girl Scout cookie selling season, leaving the scouts with thousands of boxes of unsold cookies. Several troops in Alabama are putting those cookies to good use.

The Girls Scouts of North Central Alabama launched a campaign called “cookie care” that allows community members to purchase girl scout cookies that will then be donated to healthcare workers, first responders, food banks and nursing homes.

“So we had to cancel the last two weeks of our cookie booth sales and we have thousands of boxes of unsold girl scout cookies across our council and with the troops working with us designed a program to reach out to the community,” said Karen Peterlin, CEO at Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama.

Whether consumers purchase cookies for themselves or donate to those working to stem to outbreak, their purchase will allow Girl Scouts to continue to perform their mission state by caring and giving back to their community.

“It’s all about helping the community, you know it’s just not about our cookie program,” Peterlin said. “We have hundreds of girls across the state right now that are sewing face masks for hospitals or they’re looking at other ways they can help out in their community because community service is a core standard of what we do.”

In a time when everything seems to be turned upside down, Girl Scout cookies are something that almost everyone can enjoy.

“There’s many things we can say baseball and apple pie, but I think Girl Scout cookies rank up there with an American tradition that brings smiles to everyone’s face,” Peterlin said.

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