The Ashland Beacon
As part of the “Cookies for a Cause” and collaboration with regional United Way branches, the Girl Scouts of Kentucky Wilderness Road Council was able to donate over 11,000 boxes of cookies across eastern Kentucky. The Council was able to donate 3,000 boxes of cookies, and the United Way gave 8,000 boxes.
In partnership with the United Way of Northeast Kentucky, Cincinnati, and the United Way of the Bluegrass, GSKWRC was able to donate one box of cookies to Senior Living Facilities for every box sold.
The donations were given to 49 United Way-funded social service agencies across the state. Recipients included agencies in Lexington, Erlanger, and Ashland, Kentucky.
Recipients in the Ashland area included Ashland Senior Center, Unity Square Senior Living, Boyd County Senior Center, Morning Pointe, Hillcrest-Bruce Mission, Woodland Oaks, Kings Daughters and Sons, and several other nonprofit organizations.
On Friday, August 14, Safe Harbor, Fallsburg Food Bank, and the Ashland Community Kitchen received donations of cookies.
Nan Price, Membership Specialist at the Girl Scouts Ashland office, attributed the increased size of this year’s donations to the impact COVID-19 restrictions had on their ability to sell cookies in more traditional ways.
“The residents were thrilled when they saw the cases of cookies being brought to the facilities.” Price said. “However, due to COVID restrictions, we were not allowed to take them directly to the residents.”
Each year, the Girl Scouts designates cookie donations to local community programs.
“Giving back to the community is a key tenet that GSKWR works tirelessly to instill in our girls,” Price added.
Price also mentioned the campaign was a huge success, despite restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Girl Scouts of America has over 2.5 million members who aim to instill G.I.R.L. power (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader). Community involvement is a large part of the Girl Scouts mission.
The Girl Scouts serves over 8,000 girls in Kentucky across 66 counties. GSKWRC teaches the importance of free choice and creativity and encourages young girls to explore their passions. They also seek to cultivate change through life skills, STEM, entrepreneurship, and outdoor experiences.