WARREN, NJ - A “Drive Thru Girl Scout Cookie Booth” is coming to Warren this weekend.
Girl Scout Troop 65658 will be operating the first ever Drive Thru for Girl Scout Cookies in Warren this Saturday, Feb. 29 from Noon until 4 PM in the parking lot of The Angelo L. Tomaso (ALT) Elementary School at 46 Washington Valley Road.
The scouts, all 8th graders at Warren Middle School, are excited to bring this innovative way to sell cookies to their customers in and around Warren. The troop has been operating traditional cookie booths annually in town since they were Kindergartners and were looking for a new way to interact with their community and increase their customer base.
“We are grateful to the Warren Township School District for giving us this opportunity,” said Co-Leader Maria Kanaras. “We cannot wait to return to ALT where our troop began as Daisy Scouts.”
Scout Sara Gokhale said, "The Girl Scout cookies are either $4 or $5 (per box) … and we will accept cash, check, Venmo and PayPal. She also shared that in addition to cars, her troop will welcome all customers including those “riding bikes, pushing strollers and walking dogs.” She added “we will even have a treat for our dog customers.”
“The cookies offered by Girl Scouts are inclusive of everyone by providing gluten-free and vegan cookies” shared troop member Snehi Vijaywargiya. Fellow scout Annie Liu wanted everyone to know about the “new Girl Scout Cookie, the LemonUps, which is wonderfully zesty and has the perfect crunch!”
Troop Co-Leader, Lorie Acciarito, said, “The scouts were working on their Business Plan Badge and discussing how to reach more customers. When the drive thru idea came up they were very excited to ‛think outside the cookie box’ and take on the new challenge which will help further develop their planning, entrepreneurial and leadership skills.”
In addition to developing their business skills, this troop is very committed to Girl Scout tenet of “making the world a better place.” Girl Scout Arpita Singh said, “we have always donated 10% or more of our cookie profits to organizations that help others.” Past profits have been used to provide a cleft palette surgery, send mosquito nets to stop the spread of Malaria and dig a shallow well to provide clean drinking water to an African village. Elisabeth Decker, a member of the troop since Kindergarten, announced that this year the troop will donate a portion of their cookie profits to NYC Relief which helps those struggling with homelessness in NYC and NJ. She said the troop “ is thrilled to contribute to their mission.” Arpita added, “We are also accepting donations to support our soldiers through Operation Jersey Cares.”
With their big event falling on the 2020 Leap Day, Girl Scout Adeline Acciarito encourages everyone “to use the extra day the right way, by buying Girl Scout cookies!” Troop member Miriam Goldstein cautions, “we will be selling until 4:00 PM or until we run out, so make sure you ‛drive thru’ before they’re gone.”