As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to bring everyone tons of added worry and stress—especially those risking their own health on the frontlines—communities across the country are finding light and hope in the giving spirit of Girl Scouts and the comforting deliciousness of Girl Scout Cookies.
Food banks and hospitals are some of the most under pressure and resource-strapped organizations right now, and a little positivity and cheer in difficult times go a long way for these everyday heroes.
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Picture 1: In Rhode Island, girls from Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England donated over two dozen cases of cookies to the brave and hardworking staff members at Kent Hospital for their tireless efforts during the pandemic. The 359-bed acute-care hospital serves about 300,000 residents across the state.
“We are beyond grateful for the donation and are also thankful for the great community we provide for!,” the hospital said in a tweet.
Pictures 2 and 3: The council also donated 180 boxes of cookies to numerous urgent care clinics and Baptist Health, the River Region’s premier leader in healthcare serving three hospitals in the Montgomery, Alabama, area. The cookies went directly to healthcare workers who are staffing the new offsite coronavirus care clinics and those working tirelessly in emergency rooms.
Picture 4: In Alabama, Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama came together to donate over a dozen cases of cookies to Feeding the Gulf Coast, which operates three branches along the Central Gulf Coast. Working with more than 400 agencies, Feeding the Gulf Coast distributes over 20 million pounds of food annually to its 24-county service area—including in Alabama, Mississippi, and the Florida Panhandle—through its hunger-relief programs.
In New York, girls from Girl Scouts of Greater New York donated a big batch of cookies to staff who work at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, complete with handwritten thank-you notes and well wishes on each box—there’s certainly no better time to go the extra mile for those we appreciate. “Thank you to Girl Scout troops 3095 and 3751 for their generous donation of cookies to our NICU staff working to keep babies safe and healthy. Fighting a pandemic makes you hungry!,” Dr. Shetal Shah said in a tweet.
Close by in New Jersey, Troop 60689 from Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore donated cookies to police and healthcare workers at Hackensack Meridian Health, where the sweet treats were met with ecstatic reactions and thanks for a much-needed positive break.
Thank you, girls, for exemplifying what it means to be Girl Scouts and bringing joy to your communities in this time of need. You never cease to amaze us with your generosity and initiative.