Wednesday, 01 April 2020 17:41

Richmond County Girl Scouts donating cookies

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Girl Scouts in Richmond County are asking residents to buy boxes of cookies that can then be donated to first responders and those in nursing homes. Girl Scouts in Richmond County are asking residents to buy boxes of cookies that can then be donated to first responders and those in nursing homes. Contributed photo

ELLERBE — Payten Shepheard, 11, is in her second year of being a Girl Scout with Troop 4372.

Payten — along with her mother, her scout sisters and others in Richmond County — is trying to sell off the troop's remaining cookies so they can donate them to local nursing homes, first responders and hospital staff.

"A few weeks back when visitors were starting to be banned from the nursing homes, I reached out to our cadette(s) (sixth-eighth graders) to have them start calling around to local businesses for donations to send our remaining cookies to nursing homes," said her mother, Wendy Shepheard. "The girls were a little shy and hesitant to make the calls. I had originally posted to just my (Facebook) page last week that we were looking for sponsors for the cookies but hadn't received much feedback.

"Several other troop leaders posted in our leader group they still had cookies as well this week," Shepheard added. "I posted this morning (Friday) in our group and started posting online in public forums and making phone calls personally, and the other leaders in the county are doing the same. Our council has made deliveries in Wake County a few days ago, as well."

The troops are selling the sweet treats by the case at $48, which equals out to 12 packs each, Shepheard said. If individuals would like to buy more or less to be donated, they would sell boxes at $4.

Cookies up for grabs are Girl Scout favorites Thin Mints, Caramel Delights, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Lemonades, Thanks-A-Lots, S'Mores, Shortbread and gluten-free Caramel Chocolate Chip.

"The cookies available for purchase at this time may vary based on what we have on hand," said Shepheard.

The way the proverbial cookie crumbles in this situation is local Girl Scout troops are attempting to get businesses and individuals to purchase their remaining cookie supply in order to hand over the confections to those in need.

Although, Shepheard doesn't currently have an overall count on how many cookies have been sold so far, she said their troop has had three businesses and two individuals participate already.

"Other troops are collecting, as well. This is relatively new still," said Shepheard. "Other troops in Richmond County all started today looking for sponsors. We hope to get all our remaining cookies in the county sponsored and delivered by Sunday. Our troop still has 10 cases to sell."

Each troop in the county would like to sell their remaining inventory since COVID-19 restrictions are keeping the girls from selling door-to-door or at booths in front of grocery stores and shopping centers.

Even though the coronavirus outbreak has put a halt to many regular daily activities, such as selling cookies, troop leaders are still using it as an educational moment.

"We spend each meeting not only teaching and encouraging our scouts to be their best but also teaching our scouts about putting others first. Between service projects and daily living, our girls are held to their promise and laws," said Shepheard. "The Girl Scout promise and law say it best. The Girl Scout Promise: On my honor I will try to serve God and my country, to help people at all times and to live by the Girl Scout Law.

"The Girl Scout Law," she went on to say, "I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong and responsible for what I say and do and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place and be a sister to every Girl Scout."

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