The Girl Scouts are delivering kindness to our health care workers and first responders who are fighting on the frontlines of the pandemic.

(Photo courtesy of Andrea Plaza)

Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore is delivering scores of tasty Girl Scout Cookies and notes of thanks to cheer doctors, nurses, technicians and other superheroes on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

Local troops were in the midst of their annual Girl Scout Cookie season when the health crisis put a pause on their door-to-door and booth sales.

With a large inventory of cookies on their hands and a desire to show appreciation to tireless health care workers and first responders, Girl Scouts decided to donate a portion of their supplies and invited businesses and individuals to sponsor boxes of cookies to contribute to  area hospitals, police departments and first aid squads.

So far, more than 800 boxes of Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs and other Girl Scout cookie flavors have been delivered by Girl Scout staff and volunteers with notes from local Girl Scouts.

“It’s a small way to say thank you to the dedicated professionals who are working long hours and missing family time to ensure that the community is safe and well cared for during this health emergency,” said Eileen Higgins, chief executive officer of the council, which serves 10,000 girls across Monmouth and Ocean counties.

The sweet gesture has been well-received by first responders and health care teams. Cookies were delivered to Hackensack Meridian Health’s Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, and Southern Ocean Medical Center in Stafford, CentraState Medical Center in Freehold and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, among others.

“There is so much more in a box of Girl Scout cookies than just delicious treats,” Higgins said. “They open our girls to invaluable life lessons like giving back to the community.”

Anyone interested in sponsoring Girl Scout Cookie donations to charitable and community organizations, can contact customercare@GSFun.org.

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