BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Elisa Probst, the Service Unit Manager of the Berkeley Heights Girl Scout Troops, rallied the community to purchase or sponsor the remainder of Girl Scout Cookies left unsold in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I came up with the idea on a whim,” Probst said. “Each troop is required to purchase full cases of cookies, for example, if your troop presells three boxes of Tag-a-longs the troop is still required to sell the full case of 12.  In previous years, Girl Scouts have had the opportunity to do in-person sales around town in an effort to sell the remaining boxes, however, this year the Troops were presented with a unique challenge, COVID-19. “Booth sales have been cancelled, which meant Berkeley Heights Troops were left financially responsible for 325 boxes of unsold cookies,” said Probst. 

Her call to action was in the form of a Facebook post on the Berkeley Heights Community Forum and the response was astounding. All 325 remaining boxes of cookies were sold in two and half days. Probst said, “Some donated their whole purchase to first responders or food banks, others purchased a few boxes for themselves and asked to donate the remainder, a few parents even made a service project for their children out of their purchase.  Even local businesses got involved like The Tailor’s Wife, who purchased boxes to include in care packages of handmade masks that they were donating to healthcare workers. It was really a win/win/win, we had the opportunity to thank those on the front lines, some people got their Girl Scout Cookie fix, and the girls sold out.”

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According to a follow-up post from Probst, over 190 boxes of cookies were donated and divided among deserving local groups including the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad, Berkeley Heights Police Department, Berkeley Heights Volunteer Fire Department, the staff at Autumn Lake Healthcare, Atlantic Rescue Squad, Summit Medical Group Emergency Dept, Overlook Hospital, The Silver Liming Foundation and the staff at Berkeley Heights Stop & Shop. She said, “These acts of kindness and support, especially in tough times, are what make Berkeley Heights a great community to live in! On behalf of Berkeley Heights Girl Scouts, THANK YOU for your support.”

Do you still need your Girl Scout Cookie fix?  You can purchase cookies and have them shipped directly to you or you can donate to our Military Troops through “Operation Jersey Cares” by clicking here: https://digitalcookie.girlscouts.org/scout/girlscouts165267