Girl Scout Cookies Bring Smiles to the Tired Faces of Hospital Workers

In a time of crisis, who doesn’t love a Thin Mint cookie?  

Thousands of Girl Scout cookies have been donated to area hospitals since the outbreak, as everyone from environmental services to security guards, to doctors to nurses, took a much-needed cookie break in the midst of this 24-7 emergency response.

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The cookies come from Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey (GSHNJ), which is eager to be creative during these challenging times to express appreciation to those on the front lines.

When door-to-door selling and cookie booths were suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak, GSHNJ Girl Scout troops turned to their online ordering platform, Digital Cookie, to help ensure the cookie season carried on successfully. 

Girl Scout Cookies can be a source of comfort for many, and Digital Cookie allows cookie lovers to safely buy and donate to those who could really use a treat.

“Within our community, we have so many wonderful Girls Scouts, parents, volunteers, and community members who donated cookies,” said Stephanie Quinton, Director of Product Programs at GSHNJ. “In fact, there was such an abundance of cookies that GSHNJ decided who better to receive a box of sunshine than all the hospital workers who are working so tirelessly.” 

Currently, GSHNJ has an enormous inventory of Girl Scout Cookies which can be bought or easily donated.  

“There are several hospitals within our footprint; our goal is to deliver to all of them,” Quinton said. “The cookies are being delivered directly by our delivery agent, Prudent Corporation, keeping the girls safe at home, as well as GSHNJ taking extra precaution to keep everybody safe.”

The donation of cookies is nothing new to GSHNJ. For years, the council participated in donating cookies to Operation Jersey Cares in Raritan, which has donated more than 80,000 boxes to military troops overseas each cookie season. The goal is for the tradition to continue this year, no matter the challenge.

If you are interested in donating cookies, please contact your local Girl Scout or visit www.girlscouts.org/cookiecare. To ensure the cookies go to the local hospitals and health facilities within Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Somerset, Union, southern Warren, and parts of Middlesex counties, please use zip code 07090 when ordering and be sure to select “Donate!”