Woodland Heights Junior Girl Scout Grace Lindsay had a lofty goal of selling 600 packages of Girl Scout Cookies. Then she blew right past it. When the sale was over, she had sold 1,100 boxes of cookies.
Lindsay, who attends Travis Elementary, said she had a “pretty loyal customer base” from previous years and also gets a large order from her aunt, a Girl Scout leader in the Philippines, for her troop to enjoy.
“They don’t sell cookies there,” she said.
Before long, Lindsay had sold 800 boxes.
“She was running her bike all over the neighborhood (to deliver),” her mother, Lauren Lindsay, said.
In response to COVID-19, the upper-respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) suspended traditional cookie sales March 14. But the community was encouraged to buy cookies online and support local heroes on the front lines of the pandemic.
By then, Grace decided to try and get over the 1,000 packages sold mark. She reached out to friends and family on social media to provide the link to purchase. She also made flyers for her neighbors and started getting surplus cookies from other troops to sell and be donated to individuals and groups in Houston.
The parents of one of Lauren’s best friends, Don and Jane Smith, live in Sacramento and wanted to use some of their stimulus money to buy cookies for first responders in New York, so they donated two cases. The father of one of Grace’s troop members had a cousin who worked for New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and that’s where the cookies were shipped.
Connie Chavez, chief executive affairs officer for GSSJC, said that out of 55,000 Girl Scouts in the council, only between 250-300 sell at least 1,000 packages.
“We call them Cookie CEOs,” Chavez said.
“I think this is a stressful time and people are wanting comfort food,” Grace added. “Girl Scout cookies are comfort food.”
She has not thought about next year’s goal yet.
“I think it is kind of a one-time thing,” Grace said. “But anything is possible.”
There are still cookies available for donation through GSSJC until Friday. Visit https://www.gssjc.org/en/cookies/find-cookies-now.html to find out more.