Saturday, April 28, 2018

That's A Lot Of Cookies...!

Girl Scout cookies are something that nearly everyone is familiar with, right?

Well, here is a story about a troop of Girl Scouts that sold more cookies than even they thought possible. Kinda gives you a little more faith in mankind again.

The First-Ever Troop of Homeless Girl Scouts Just Crushed Their Cookie Sales Goal


Selling 32,500 boxes of cookies in a single week would be noteworthy for any team of Girl Scouts, but it's an especially sweet achievement for Troop 6000: The New York City-based chapter is the first-ever Girl Scout troop composed entirely of children living in homeless shelters.

According to NBC News, this season marked the first time the troop took part in the organization's annual cookie sale tradition. In early April, they received exclusive permission to set up shop inside the Kellogg's Café in Union Square. They kicked off their inaugural stand sale aiming to sell at least 6000 boxes of cookies: At the end of six days, they had sold more than 32,500.

Some customers waited in line an hour to purchase boxes from the history-making young women. Others gave their money directly to the troop, collectively donating over $15,000 to fund trips and activities. After purchasing their cookies, customers could also buy special Girl Scout cookie-inspired menu items from the Kellogg's store, with all proceeds going to Troop 6000.

The troop formed in 2016 as a collaboration between the Girl Scouts of Greater New York, Mayor de Blasio, and the city Department of Homeless Services. Meetings are held in shelters across the city, and many of the troop leaders, often mothers of the scouts, are homeless women themselves. About 40 percent of New York's homeless population are children, and Troop 6000 had to expand last summer to accommodate a flood of new recruits. Today, there are about 300 girls enrolled in the program.

Now that is definitely a good thing as far as I'm concerned. But then, I do love me some cookies!

Coffee out on the patio once again today!


Momlady said...

Seems to me that the money could go to getting apartments or such for them if they're homeless.

HermitJim said...

Hey Momlady...
It does kinda seem that way, doesn't it?
Thanks for stopping by today!

JO said...

It warmed my heart this morning at how readily people gave to support these girls. Running a homeless shelter cost lots of money so if it is helping there that is a huge giving and that the kids get to go on trips or maybe buy them some clothes.

Patio sound good right now.

Mamahen said...

Interesting. I wonder if they would have bought them, if the girls hadn't been homeless.

HermitJim said...

Hey Jo...
Let's hope that all the money raised went where it was meant to go.
Thanks, dear, for dropping by today!

Hey Mamahen...
That's a very good question.
Thanks for the visit today!