The First-Ever Homeless Girl Scout Troop Just Crushed Their Cookie Sales Goal
April 26, 2018
A girl scouts troop in New York has sold more than 32,000 boxes of cookies in one week.
While plenty of troops sell thousands of boxes of Girl Scout Cookies each spring, what makes this troop particularly unique is that the group is made up of approximately 300 children living in homeless shelters.
Girl Scout Troop 6000’s goal was to sell 6,000 boxes of cookies at their first ever sale. The troop received special permisson to set up shop at Kellogg’s NYC Café in Union Square.
By the end of the six-day sale, the troop sold more than 32,500 boxes!
Some customers stood in line for an hour to purchase cookies, but many made monetary donations to the troop, totaling more than $15,000, to help pay for activities and trips, according to the organization.
“I’m so excited that I got a chance to sell cookies, just like any other Girl Scout,” Sanaa, a 10-year-old from the troop, told NBC News. “Next year we are going to reach a higher goal.”
This is the first time the troop participated in the annual cookie sale since the group was formed in 2016 by Girl Scouts of Greater New York, Mayor de Blasio and the City Department of Homeless Services.
“We’re doing what we do best: give girls courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place,” Girl Scouts of Greater New York CEO Meridith Maskara told ABC News. “They’ve really bonded together as a unit, immensely. It’s beautiful to see the transformation.”