(Colfax, NC) Despite the current need for social distancing and “Stay at Home” orders, Girl Scouts are staying connected to each other and to their community.

“Our girls are staying engaged and staying connected with one another through virtual meetings and online programming, but they miss doing their community projects and volunteer work. They also miss being able to meet the public and sell their cookies in person,” said Lane Cook, Chief Executive Officer for Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont.

Not to be deterred by the challenges of a more isolated population, Girl Scouts have come up with a way to complete their 2020 cookie program and serve the community at the same time.

“We’re asking everyone to make a donation to Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont, and, in turn, we will connect with our Girl Scout troops to send cookies to the local "Hometown Heroes" of their choosing, such as healthcare workers, first responders, grocery store clerks, and others who are giving of themselves during this difficult period,” said Cook.

Proceeds from the sale of cookies goes to fund Girl Scout activities such as camping, field trips, programming, and community service projects. For a minimum donation of $20, which will purchase five boxes of cookies, people can give back to the community while supporting the local Girl Scout organization.

“Ever since the founding of Girl Scouts in 1912, girls have given back to their community in times of uncertainty or struggle, and sending these boxes of cookies to community members who are serving on the front lines of this crisis, is a gesture of gratitude and appreciation for their sacrifice,” said Cook.

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