Troop 6000, a New York City Girl Scout group comprising girls living in homeless shelters, staged its first-ever cookie sale last week — and it was a sweet, sweet success.
According to Moneyish, hundreds of New Yorkers lined up in front of the Kellogg’s cereal café where the Scouts were selling their cookies, sometimes waiting hours for their turn to buy a box. Troop 6000 expected to sell around 6,000 boxes of their famed treats, but to date, they’ve sold around 17,000.
Troop 6000 was founded by Giselle Burgess, who got the idea for the special Girl Scouts group when she and her five children became homeless and lived in a shelter in 2016.
“When we got there, there was no sense of community; it was very overwhelming and scary,” Burgess told Moneyish. “As a parent, you have to make sure that your children feel safe at all times. I asked, ‘Would it be okay if I started a troop at the shelter?’ Everybody was like, ‘Yes, absolutely do it.’”
Last July, the office of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced its plans to invest $1 million in an initiative to give 500 homeless girls between the ages of 5 and 17 the opportunity to join Troop 6000. The group now has nearly 300 members living in 14 shelters across New York City.
Sanaa, one of the Troop 6000’s first members, was among the Scouts who sold cookies last week. She told BuzzFeed News that Troop 6000 “was fun, because then I had some girls I could talk to about the situation that I had, and that I wouldn’t have to hide it or feel that I was different.”
“These girls aren’t just ordinary girls,” she said. “They’re my sisters and I love them to death.”
The cookie sale concluded on Saturday, but you can donate to Troop 6000 via the Girl Scouts website.
Read the full story at Moneyish.