WESTFIELD, NJ — While the novel coronavirus has prevented local Girl Scouts from selling their cookies door-to-door this season, sales haven’t stopped altogether.

The scouts have created a “virtual cookie booth” to continue making a difference while practicing safe social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While our Girl Scouts aren’t coming door to door, we are going digital,” the scouts state on the website for the Cookie Booth. “The Westfield Girl Scouts are holding a Virtual Cookie Booth to benefit our first responders.”

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Lucia Triolo, service unit manager for the Girl Scouts in Westfield, said the scouts are keeping people’s safety in mind while preserving their season of cookie sales.

The scouts are “grateful and impressed by the community’s initiative and involvement. … This is a small way that we could help,” Triolo said.

All monies raised will be used to donate cookies to the Westfield Police Department, Westfield Fire Department, Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad, local hospital staff and other first responders, organizers said.

“Let’s say ‘Thank You’ to these heroes the Girl Scout’s favorite way — with cookies,” the Scouts state.

To purchase cookies, visit the scouts' virtual cookie booth at https://givebutter.com/WestfieldGirlScouts.

Annika Vesuna is a freshman at Westfield High School participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Westfield.

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