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Homeless Girl Scouts Surpasses 5,000 Cookie Boxes Sale



  • Despite living in an emergency shelter, Troop 64224 sets goals and surpasses them.
  • The first goal was to sell a thousand boxes of cookies and they reached more than 5,000 boxes.
  • The second goal was to sell all over the 50 states, and they achieved it through online sales for pick-up or delivery.

Give the Girls of Troop 64224 of Council Bluffs, Iowa a challenge and they will put on their sashes and get to work.  Sell 1,000 boxes of cookies?  They surpassed it with more than 5,000 boxes! What a feat!  And their goal to sell to all 50 states?  They did it.

They achieved their targets in spite of the troop living in an emergency shelter called Micha House.

The Girl Scout troop at Micah House started in 2018. There are 11,000 girls in the house and about 30% are recipients of the free or reduced lunch program. Regardless of their financial issues or backgrounds, they are given free membership to the Girl Scout. Proceeds from their cookie sales are managed and used by them for activities like field trips.

Photo Credit: Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa

The size of the troop at any given time varies depending on the number of families living at the shelter. It’s the 5 to 8-year-old category that are most thrilled to be a member of the troop. But the whole troop takes much pride in achieving and surpassing their goals.

As Beth Shelton, CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa said, “You can really see when they’ve got their sash or their vest on there is a sense of pride and belonging to something that is so respected. That’s always sacred and important for kids, but I think particularly during this pandemic.”

Micha House child program specialist Kayla Terrillion said that the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed their online sales.  The cookies are ordered online to be picked up or delivered, allowing them to sell nationwide.

Photo Credit: Micah House

Terrillion said, “Having everything on social media this year is completely different, especially for the girls.”

Shelton said, “Like any smart businesswomen, they’re going to be taking a look at those goals and reassessing. And the girls have it all figured out, she added.

With the girls’ entrepreneurial skills, their cookies would keep on being sold out and their goals achieved.

Source: CNN