Girl Scouts of Colorado recently received a beautiful thank you letter (see below) from Operation Gratitude, thanking Colorado Girl Scouts for donating more than 600 nut/chocolate items to military personnel around the world. These items were purchased as part of the Care to Share program during the 2018 Fall Product Program, in which more than 4,000 Colorado Girl Scouts participated.
Care to Share is similar to the Hometown Heroes program during the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Customers purchase virtual nut/chocolate items – a perfect solution for those who pass on the tempting treats! Those items are then delivered to non-profit organizations, food banks, military, and other uniformed personnel who are so important to the community.
Troop 43893 in Colorado Springs delivered Girl Scout Cookies to their Hometown Hero, H.O.P.E. Worldwide- Colorado Springs. This amazing, multi-level troop collected donations during cookie season for over 200 packages. This Hometown Hero organization helps bring hope and change to the poor and needy in our community. Our girls met and chose HOPE after they had the opportunity to serve at a volunteer session. The girls made and served burritos and hot chocolate to our chronically homeless during the winter months. We look forward to serving with HOPE again in the future.
Girl Scout Junior Troop 61048 of Denver delivered 60 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to Children’s Hospital Colorado Family Resource Center on April 19, 2019. The troop also delivered blankets, which the Girl Scouts made, to hospital volunteers to give patients during their stay at the hospital. We had an interesting tour and visit and are proud to support this great organization.
Cadettes Sarah R., Bianca P., Emily M., and Maren G. of Troop 4098 in Aurora/Centennial used money earned from the Girl Scout Cookie Program to complete their Silver Award project. They built an activity/sensory board for a life-skills classroom in Aurora Public Schools. These young ladies learned about working with students with special needs, creating activities based upon the students’ abilities, budgeting, teamwork, woodworking, and tool use. They presented the final project to the classroom teachers, paraprofessionals, occupational therapist, physical therapist, and school administrators on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.
Troop 3353 of Pine selected the rangers, staff, and volunteers of Staunton State Park as one of our Hometown Heroes. We presented Ranger Andrea and volunteer Amy with Girl Scout Cookies and got a sneak peek of the brand new visitor center opening in May. Andrea told us all about how to become a ranger and we had a great discussion about all the different animals, plants, and trees in the park. It was a great visit!
I just wanted to say thank you to Girl Scouts of Colorado and Hearts Across Miles for sending my husband (and father of two Colorado Girl Scouts) and his unit in Afghanistan Girl Scout Cookies. His unit recently deployed with the Wyoming National Guard. They were stationed at FE Warren AFB in Cheyenne. His unit received four huge cases, stuffed full of Girl Scout Cookies and they really appreciated all of them.
Cadette Troop 60074 tries to think outside of the box when it comes to choosing Hometown Heroes, and pick organizations that don’t get donations from other troops. This year, they chose Rainbow Alley, a community center for LGBTQ youth in Denver. When we brought the cookies in, they gave us a great tour and explained all of the services they offer for young people. We hope that the staff, volunteers, and kids enjoy the cookies!
Cadette Troop 61684 celebrated their successful cookie season by going indoor skydiving at iFly Denver! The Girl Scouts wanted to do something daring that none of them had done before. They arrived early and watched a team of flyers before them. An excited nervousness set in, but they encouraged each other to face this new challenge together! After learning the procedures, they got their gear and entered the tunnel with Cory, the instructor. Each of their first flights were wobbly, but when each girl got to her second flight, all they showed was confidence! Each of them exited the tunnel with an adrenaline of excitement and are eager to fly again!
Ariyanna is a first year Girl Scout and was recently diagnosed with High Spectrum Autism. She has a hard time socializing and being outgoing. So, we placed her in Girl Scouts hoping to help her through this tough time. Cookie sales came….and she THRIVED! Selling 596 packages to friends, family, and others. This event really helped her with her anxiety and struggles of talking to people (safely with us parents) about her own personal cookie goal. It helped peak her interest in money and its importance, reading and so much more. Girl Scouts has helped her come out of herself so much more and we couldn’t be more grateful! Her personality is flourishing and it helps us too as a family!
This is truly what Girl Scouts has done for her. She is coming out of her shell and is constantly thinking, looking for ways now to better the world and the people in it. Ariyanna took a huge risk in trying a group event because she is normally very much within her own thoughts a world. This program has helped open the eyes of her own troop both parents and kids to autism and has helped truly open her up to a whole new world!
Troop 70720 had many Hometown Heroes this year– thanks to fantastic customers in the northern Colorado area!
We delivered 500 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to the Larimer County Food Bank and another 70 packages to Good Samaritan. After delivering the cookies to Good Samaritan, we stayed for an hour to do crafts, color, and hangout with residents. Many of the residents were Girl Scouts and some had some great stories to tell.
Kindness and giving back is always a joy and it was lovely to have this opportunity.