The Girl Scouts of New York City’s Troop 6000 are rushing to keep up with their inaugural cookie sale, held in Manhattan this week. The troop, created exclusively for homeless girls in April 2017, set a goal of selling 6000 boxes of Thin Mints, Samoas, and other favorites; they reached their goal in just two days, and they’re not done yet.
While cookie selling has, in recent years, devolved into an enterprise mostly driven by parents and social media, the program incurs unique limitations for children facing housing instability, including, most obviously, where to store the cases of Tagalongs and Do-si-dos, and how to safely deliver them. With the help of Kellogg’s, the company who bakes most of the cookies, those problems were solved: they offered up their Union Square cereal cafe, those variables were squashed, and the girls found themselves facing a line around the block. By day two, they’d doubled their initial goal to 12,000 boxes.
Providing young people with diverse activities, programs and resources leads to undeniable benefits, regardless of economic class. Well-rounded children do better in school academically and socially; group activities and/or team sports provide a crucial sense of community for young people experiencing the shame and solitude that homelessness can bring.
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