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Girl Scouts seek to sell cookies

Local Letcher County Girl Scout troops from Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road (GSKWR) rely heavily on cookie sales as they provide local girls and their troops with the opportunity to set goals and earn their own money, used to fund rigorous programs and growth opportunities. Due to COVID-19, traditional door-to-door and booth sales have been halted, resulting in Letcher County Girl Scouts seeking new, innovative ways to sell their remaining surplus of 720 boxes of cookies used to fund their year-round programming. Girl Scout cookie sales represent over 80 percent of GSKWR’s annual operating budget.

Companies and organizations, large and small, in Letcher County are urged to purchase cases of cookies to either donate to essential workers that have been highly impacted by COVID 19 or to use for other organizational initiatives. Interested in taking a bite out of GSKWR’s inventory? Surplus Girl Scout cookies could be purchased for the following uses:

• As donations for frontline workers in healthcare, restaurant businesses, manufacturing, distribution and other essential organizations that continue to work during the COVID-19 crisis

• As donations to food banks or senior facilities to support vulnerable populations.

• As incentives for clients, customers or employees.

• As treats for upcoming company, organizational, or personal events planned for this summer.

“Our Girl Scout Troops actually came up with the idea to drive a call to action to the local business community to buy cookies to thank employees and help support all the local social service agencies”, said Haleigh McGraw, Communications Director, Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road. “Our hope is that the business community will step up and buy all of our surplus inventory so that we can continue to serve our 8,000 K-12 girl members throughout central, eastern and northern Kentucky,” she continued. GSKWR is asking businesses to support its Kentucky cookie entrepreneurs by purchasing as many cases as they can, with a minimum of 5 cases for $250.

To purchase cases of cookies with a $250 minimum, go to www.gskentucky.org/cookie-relief or, contact Tammy Durham, Director of Grants and Community Partnerships, at tdurham@gswrc.org.

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