Federal social distancing guidelines recommend that Americans across the country limit their trips outside to truly essential trips like just to the grocery store or the pharmacy. Unfortunately for the Girl Scouts of America, that means that door-to-door cookie sales and cookie booths don’t make the ‘essential services’ cut and that the Girl Scout cookie operation of door-to-door guerilla-style sales, run by 1.7 million Girl Scouts, will not happen this year.
But luckily, the ingenious Girl Scouts came up with a workaround: if you still need your Samoa, Thin Mint, or Trefoils, you can buy them online and have them shipped to your door. And, if you want to donate cookies to those who are on the front lines of the Coronavirus pandemic, you can buy boxes of cookies that will be delivered to first responders, volunteers and local charities that are in need of donations.
Girl Scouts, who generally meet in packs and public places and volunteer at elderly communities or in other community spaces across the country, are obviously limited right now in what they can do to help. But some Girl Scout troops have been making fabric masks for health care workers, making public food pantries for all to use, and using 3-D printing to make face shields for workers on the front line.
All of that is incredibly admirable. But never before has buying cookies been for such a good cause. So, go ahead and get those Tagalongs — and donate a box while you’re at it.