Girl Scout Troop Made Up Of Homeless Members Has A Goal Of Selling 6,000 Boxes Of Cookies

April 12, 2018  |  

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As a former Girl Scout, Troop 266 and 134, respectively, I can attest to the benefits of the organization. You learn lifelong lessons about sisterhood and the power of girls and women in those troops. Not to mention collecting cookie money is an empowering experience. Now, that I think about it, it plants quite a few seeds of entrepreneurship. So it’s good to give back to the kids.

And while we usually don’t do this, we want to shout out one Girl Scout Troop in particular.

This group of girls from Troop 6000 are New York City’s first homeless shelter-based troop. According to ABC 7, Troop 6000 was founded in March 2017 through a partnership between New York City’s Department of Homeless Services and the Girl Scouts of Greater New York.

This year, the girls have a goal of selling 6,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies.

The girls of the troop set up an exclusive cookie stand inside of Kellogg’s NYC, a cereal cafe located on East 17th Street in Union Square.

Meredith Maskara, of the Girl Scouts of Greater New York, spoke about the impact being a part of the troop has had on the girls.

“The biggest impact that we see and when you talk to the girls you’ll hear them say, is that they belong to something, they have a sisterhood within the other Girl Scouts. They talk to other girls who may be in their same situation who feel alone, and they feel like they have a stronger sense of community and belonging overall.”

The Girl Scouts will be in front of Kellogg’s NYC selling cookies today and tomorrow from 4-6pm.

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