Everyone loves Girl Scout Cookies but getting those yummy treats became challenging when the local cookie program was cut short due to COVID-19. Because of social distancing, area troops cancelled cookie booths and were left with thousands of boxes of unsold Girl Scout Cookies.
Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast got creative and supported troops with an extended online option, Cookies Care, where customers bought cookies for themselves and purchased some for frontline responders. This was a way for the community to share joy with healthcare workers, first responders, and others on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic through the sweet treat of Girl Scout Cookies.
” We know our community is incredibly giving,” Tracy Keller, the CEO for the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast said. “As we all adapt to this new norm, Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast will continue to provide program opportunities to girls virtually and give them experiences to build leadership.”
Tracy is a Class of 2010 CIVIC Alumni and worked with some of our fellow alumni whose employees were essential workers to bring them cookies during this difficult time. This included Chesapeake Deputy City Manager, Bob Geis who was in the CIVIC Class of 2013 and is also on the CIVIC Board of Directors.
Girl Scout Cadette Maureen Keller, also a Mayor’s Youth Ambassador in Chesapeake, delivered 270 boxes to Chesapeake Deputy City Manager Bob Geis on April 28th. Wearing a protective mask, she unloaded cases from her mother’s Suburban, being careful to follow social distancing.
“We were so happy to receive the wonderful donation from our Girl Scouts,” Geis said. ” We are working really hard for our citizens here in Chesapeake and I can tell you that our response will be fueled by the 270 boxes of cookies the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast. We are so blessed to have community partners like the Girl Scouts. They are not only our partners in service, they are just wonderful people.”
The Girl Scouts also teamed with Westminster Canterbury, whose President and CEO, Ben Unkle, is a CIVIC Class of 2014 Alumni. After learning that the Girl Scouts had to halt cookie booths due to COVID-19, the leadership at Westminster-Canterbury partnered with their local Girl Scouts to give cookies as thank you gifts to their hard-working employees and give smiles-in-a-box to their residents. Tracy Keller, along with three Virginia Beach Girl Scouts, delivered the cookies to Westminster-Canterbury’s front door. Being mindful of the social distancing rule, the cookies were placed on an outdoor, decorated table for distribution.
Check out the news story about this great collaboration: https://www.13newsnow.com/article/life/girl-scouts-westminster-canterbury/291-b53f448b-a3b4-44f9-93d6-ba610b3f3dc4
Find out more about Cookies Care and virtual programming the Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast is offering at www.gsccc.org