Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York's Gift of Caring Donates 24,000 Boxes of Cookies

In addition to being a much beloved tradition and the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world, the Girl Scout Cookie Program offers a unique way to give back to the community.

This year, the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York’s Gift of Caring program donated 24,000 boxes of cookies through Mission Send a Smile and Troops Care Too-- 19,000 boxes were donated to the military and 5,000 boxes were donated to local food pantries. During the 2016 Cookie Program, Mission Send a Smile donated 15,250 boxes to Adopt a Soldier, Veterans Organizations, Summer Food Programs and Food Pantries.


While some may not realize the larger implications of the Cookies Program beyond making the choice between a Thin Mint or a Samoa, Girl Scouts learn five key skills through the program, including: goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. In addition to the business skills, girls learn the importance of giving back.

“It was nice to be able to donate to veterans that we could meet in person,” said Girl Scout Rachael Strickland, age 10, Troop 1526 (Averill Park). “We learned about the American Legion post, that I have passed by many times, and never knew what they do in there. They do service projects to help people in the community. It felt good to help them too.”

Girl Scouts are eligible to earn a Gift of Caring patch or bandana, depending on quantity of boxes donating.

“As difficult as this is to believe, some people have a limited need for cookies,” said Mary Buszuwski, GSNENY CEO.  “With Gift of Caring, they have the chance to give to others while supporting Girl Scouts at the same time. Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York has a long tradition of giving back to the community. We encourage troops to learn about how their donation is impacting the community and we’re proud to share a taste of home with our military service members.”