NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Nine girls from Girl Scout Troop 65255 sold cookies for two and half hours outside popular North Plainfield breakfast and lunch spot Eddy’s Kitchen Saturday morning. Arriving with more than eleven cases of cookies, they walked away with just two.
A few of the girls staffed tables at the front and back door of the restaurant while others waved hand-made signs to notify passing cars of the sale. They created a mantra, “We need money, you want cookies,” that they repeated loudly to draw in customers, unaware that they were perfectly describing the retail/customer relationship.
“I want to stay out here even longer because it’s so much fun,” said troop member Nicole Lindemeyer.
The money from the sale of cookies goes towards funding the Girl Scout Heart of New Jersey Council that serves much of Northern NJ, supporting charitable work in North Plainfield, and for the girls in the troop to pay for activities take trips during the year.
“It’s very important that the girls be involved in raising their own money to pay for troop activities,” said troop leader Nancy Pierro. “It gives them ownership of the troop and the confidence to take risks as they grow.”
A particularly nice interaction occurred when Eleanor Willert walked by to pick up a couple boxes for her pantry. Willert first engaged with the North Plainfield Girl Scouts as a Brownie in the 1950s, and served on the board of the Washington Rock Council in the 1960s and 70s. She still attends events for the Heart of New Jersey Girl Scouts that resulted from a merger of councils six years ago.
“I’m so glad to see these girls out here selling cookies just like when I was a girl,” said Willert. “It’s wonderful that they’re still such an active part of North Plainfield.”
Pete Eddy, who owns Eddy’s Kitchen and P&E Plastics in North Plainfield, was glad to have the girls at his restaurant during the very busing Saturday morning hours.
“It’s important to give back to North Plainfield,” said Eddy. “And it’s important for the girls to make these sales. It teaches them sales techniques and gives them confidence so they can grow up to be successful adults.”
North Plainfield Councilman Larry LaRonde was bought his two boxes as he went in to Eddy’s Kitchen for a meeting with a band to play the Street Fair in June. Eddy’s is often used for people conducting business in the community.
“I love that the girls are involved and the parents are out here on a Saturday morning helping out,” said LaRonde. “The Girl Scouts are one of the most active organizations stepping up and helping out in North Plainfield.”