These Girl Scouts from homeless shelters crushed their first cookie sale — selling more than 30,000 boxes in just a few days.
1-year-old Sanaa is part of Girl Scout Troop 6000, which was created in 2017 for girls living within NYC’s shelter system:
“Girl Scouts has changed my life by showing me how to be a leader, that younger children are looking up to me, and about money management,” she explained.
In its first year, hundreds of girls joined Troop 6000, which holds meetings at homeless shelters across greater New York to create a sense of consistency and community.
“Every girl deserves to be a leader. She deserves to get that courage, confidence, and character to go out there and make the world a better place,” Girl Scouts of Greater New York CEO Meredith Maskara explained. “Whether you have a home or not is not important to us.”
Kellogg’s Café in NYC donated its shop to host the girls’ inaugural cookie sale, and lines spilled down the block. After reaching their 6,000-box goal in less than a week, the scouts decided to extend selling hours and sold more than 30,000 boxes. Now they’re extending online sales to May 6 to keep the momentum going and raise even more money for the empowering troop.