The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore have brightened the days for so many even during this Covid-19 crisis. Here's how.

(Tom Hayes from NJNG delivering Girl Scout Cookies to First Responders, photo courtesy of Tom Hayes)
(Tom Hayes from NJNG delivering Girl Scout Cookies to First Responders, photo courtesy of Tom Hayes)

The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore have been leading by example to help our community even in times of crisis by using their Girls Scout Cookies for good, delivering thousands of cookies to essential workers and first responders.

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, the Girl Scouts had to cancel cookie booths and in-person cookie sales, which created a dilemma. How would they be able to see that huge inventory of cookies that troops depend on to fund so many of their programs and experiences? Answer: The Cookie Relief Fund, with hundreds of thousands of cookies now going toward putting smiles on the faces of frontline workers.

The Girl Scouts took a difficult situation and turned it into a great success. They asked the community to donate cookies that could be shared with frontline heroes, volunteers, food banks, and other essential workers and non-profits.

New Jersey Natural Gas was one of the first local businesses to respond, donating about a thousand boxes of Girl Scout cookies. Tom Hayes personally delivered these 'boxes of love' to first responders, hospitals, and non--profit groups in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

The way it works is that when a local business makes a donation, their employees then get to label boxes of cookies at the Girl Scouts activity center that will be shared as "boxes of love" with essential workers, first responders, and non-profit organizations.

Then they get to personally deliver those cookies to so many well-deserving people who are keeping us safe during this crisis as a way of thanking them for their service.

The Girl Scouts still have another 40,000 boxes of Thin Mints, Samoas, and other iconic cookie flavors to share with our community. So if you or your business would like to support the Cookie Relief Fund, CLICK HERE!

What else are the Girl Scouts Up To? 
Well, for one thing, they are re-imagining summer camp during this crisis. Camps will open July 13 and, for families who are concerned about COVID-19, there will be a very cool at-home program available beginning next week (June 29th).
Also, at the end of July, the Girl Scouts will hold a Gala Car Parade at Eagle Oaks through the parking lot!
This is taking place on July 30th as a special thank you to all those donors who couldn't be honored at the annual Gala which was canceled back in March.
So here's a big THANK YOU to the Girl Scouts for one again leading by example and helping not only our young scouts but our whole community in the process.
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