Don’t lose your cookies, order online

Local Girl Scouts need your help by ordering online for delivery, donation

Since cookie sales for local scouts from Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, they are asking for the community’s help by ordering online for delivery or donation.

“Public cookie booths were suspended halfway through the booth sales,” Courtney Watts, vice president of GSCSA product programs, stated in a press release. “This disruption means that troops across our 46-county footprint have nearly 300,000 boxes of delicious cookies on hand that need to find a home.”

Cookie sales, which began Jan. 3, will end Wednesday, April 15.

“The cookie program allows troops to raise funds for their troop activities, outdoor adventures and community projects,” Watts stated. “The absence of these funds means that girls will not get to experience these educational and leadership development programs.”’

As such GSCSA launched a digital cookie store March 26, allowing the community to go online and purchase cookies that consumers can purchase for delivery at a later date, when it is safe to do so.

“This will help local troops in our community move their cookie inventory and fund their Girl Scout experiences for the year,” Watt said.

“Delivered orders will benefit a local troop directly,” said Lucy Branam, GSCSA creative content coordinator.

Watts said the public also could purchase cookies to donate to food banks, first responders, healthcare workers or assisted living facilities.

“The process is easy,” Watt said. Simply visit and click on the ‘Digital Cookie’ banner; choose ‘Have Girl Scout deliver the cookies,’ type in the preferred delivery address and the cookies will be delivered as soon as it is safe to do so.

“Our community is known for its volunteer spirit, and we appreciate everyone rallying behind Girl Scouts to help with this unforeseen challenge,” she added. “If businesses would like to buy several cases of cookies to use for customers or employee appreciation, we can accommodate delivering in bulk.”