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Girl Scouts of Central Indiana selling cookies online for the first time amid COVID-19

Girl Scouts selling cookies online amid coronavirus

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Girl Scouts of America have announced a new initiative to help Girl Scouts across the country sell the inventory left over after their season came to a sudden halt because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The fallout from COVID-19 left the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana with nearly 200,000 packages of cookies left to sell. With in-person activities and events suspended, they came up with an idea for a solution and a way the community can still support. They’re selling the cookies online from their main website. The online sale, that was originally set to end March 31, has now been extended through May 1.

“We’re helping our Girl Scouts move that cookie inventory so they’re able to fund all those exciting things they’ve been able to do with us in the past,” Deana Potterf, with the Girl Scouts of Indiana. “We want to make sure they can still go to summer camp, do STEM activities and more.”

The girls will also put more focus on their Girl Scouts Cookie Care campaign that lets customers have a chance to donate cookies to first responders and others on the front lines of the crisis. Potterf says this has also given them a chance to explore giving kids the Girl Scouts experience online also while the crisis continues.

“Right now they’re being faced with some scary and challenging times,” Potterf said. “We want to provide for them a safe place and this is a really comfortable way for them to experience Girl Scouts from the safety of their own home. Then when it becomes safe to come out again, they can come out to summer camp and do all those fun activities.”

Potterf says the Girl Scout Cookie Program is the financial life to their programs and support from the community so even if you don’t have a taste for cookies, donations from the community means a lot to the cause.

You can buy cookies or to donate to the Girl Scouts of Indiana here.