March 31, 2020

Girl Scouts Move from Selling Cookies, to Spreading Hope through Donations to those in Need

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Warwick, R.I. (March 20, 2020)—Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England has been forced to suspend all Girl Scout activities including meetings, events, programs, and cookie booths through April 3rd, effective immediately, during the Covid-19 pandemic. The cookie booths will reinitiate sales on April 4 through April 12, until further notice. At Girl Scouts, there is nothing we take more seriously than the safety and well-being of our girls, volunteers, and council staff and based on the communications from the governors’ offices, the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health regarding last week, we made the difficult decision to cancel all in-person Girl Scout activities. While Girl Scouts pause and reflect, their immediate reaction is to look towards their community in need. In an effort to support their communities at large, they will be donating cookies to local food pantry’s, nursing homes, and hospitals, who can use additional assistance and cheer during these stressful and confusing times.

About donated cookies:
Cookie Share is a cookie related service project GSSNE implements each year where customers support Girl Scouts by purchasing a package of cookies that is then donated to a local organization such as food banks, nursing homes, shelters, military, and hospitals. Giving back to the community is a big part of what Girl Scouts learn through participating and we feel that it is even more important at this time as so many people have been affected by the Coronavirus. This week GSSNE is donating over 2,000 packages of cookies to local organizations with the hope of putting a smile on the faces of those who have been impacted and the medical staff who are working tirelessly to treat those who are ill.

If anyone would like to purchase cookies that can be donated to local organizations, please contact customercare@gssne.org for more information. Proceeds from the sale of these cookies will help support local Girl Scouts along with the organizations who will be the beneficiaries of the cookies.

Because Girl Scouts are currently restricted from meeting traditionally, GSSNE is supporting the community by providing online learning opportunities not only for our members but for any child who would like to utilize these resources. Some of the programs include; Amaze: Explore the twists and turns of getting along, a program about friendships and how to navigate bullying and cliques; the Girl Scout Guide to Helping Others During the Covid-19 Pandemic, and the Shall Not Be Denied patch which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote and more. For a full list of the virtual programs being offered, please visit our website: https://www.gssne.org/en/our-council/covid-19-information.html.

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