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Homeless Girl Scouts will sell cookies for first time ever in NYC

Homeless Girl Scouts will sell cookies for first time ever in NYC


Members of Girl Scout Troop 6000, New York City’s first troop exclusively for homeless girls.

Image: don emmert/AFP/Getty Images

Long gone are the days of Girl Scouts having to go door-to-door to sell their legendary cookies.

Troop 6000, a troop exclusively for homeless Girl Scouts in New York City, recently set up shop in the city’s Union Square. They’re aiming to sell a record 6,000 boxes of cookies by Friday.

This will be the first time these homeless Scouts, who live in shelters, will be able to sell cookies for their troop.

In 2016, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio, the Department of Homeless Services, and the Girl Scouts of Greater New York formed Troop 6000 to give program access to homeless young girls, many of whom had been unable to participate because of residential instability. The goal is to reach at least 500 young girls with the new troop.

Selling cookies was a particular challenge for this group, as its members come from all over the city. This year, the troop resolved the hurdle by partnering with the Kellogg’s Cereal Cafe in Union Square, where buyers will be able to purchase and pick up cookies. (We’ll be doing our part to help them make those numbers; if you’re in the area, you should, too!)

There were 100,000 homeless children in New York City schools in 2015-2016. A record one in seven New York City students is expected to be homeless at some point in their lives.

“Every girl in the five boroughs of New York City deserves a chance to reach her full potential: to have her eyes opened to possibilities for college and careers, to make loving and supportive friends, to learn from caring female mentors, and to chart her own course to achieve her goals. That’s what Troop 6000 is all about,” explains the Girl Scouts of Greater New York website.

On my honor, I will try, to not eat all these cookies, at least not in one sitting, ahem.

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