What could be worse than running low on unfrosted blueberry Pop-Tarts (my go-to breakfast treat), with none to be found on store shelves? How about those of you with a true need for Do-Si-Dos and Thin Mints? After all, those cute little Girl Scouts had just begun to ramp up their door-to-door sales and set up camp outside our favorite grocery stores before the stay-at-home orders.
Never fear MHOTC readers, the Scouts are thinking outside the cookie box and come up a new website called Cookie Care. You can still buy your favorite cookies online today and have them shipped to your door (pending local shipping capability) — or donate cookies and the Girl Scouts will distribute them safely to provide comfort to first responders, volunteers, and local causes in need.
Simply go this site and click on Buy Or Donate Cookies. You’ll be asked for your zip code and then shown a list of Councils who still have inventory. It may not be Colorado, but a neighboring state such as Utah (which has 76,000 boxes to sell) or New Mexico.
You can also purchase cookies from Girl Scouts they know who are selling through the Digital Cookie platform—including the Digital Order Card and Smart Cookies—and you should watch for mention of “virtual cookie booths,” as many innovative cookie entrepreneurs around the country are reimagining cookie booths during this time of isolation, using the power of social media (with parental supervision) to make their sales pitch, collect orders, and deliver or donate the cookies when it’s again safe.
This may take a bit of sleuthing on your part. Ask who is still selling cookies through Digital Cookie on you neighborhood Nextdoor site or Facebook.
No matter how consumers purchase cookies, doing so allows Girl Scouts to continue to give back to their communities while the proceeds, which stay local, sustain innovative programs for girls.