Gift of Caring
Gift of Caring is a service project that allows the “cookie with a mission” to continue to improve lives and build communities! For many years, Girl Scouts across the country have used Girl Scout Cookies to do good works! Whether to show their appreciation for heroes in their community and men and women in uniform or to support those in need, the Gift of Caring program shows just how much a Cookie Can Do. Girls choose an organization they want to support and give customers the opportunity to purchase cookies as a donation even if they may not want to buy cookies for themselves.
There are many ways to participate! Talk with your girls and let them decide which Gift of Caring option works for your troop this Cookie Season. Choose 1, 2 or all 3 and be sure to let the buyer know who you are supporting!
Capital Cookies Care: NEW! Your troop can support the Capital Area Food Bank through this virtual Gift of Caring program. During the initial order phase, girls tell their customers how they can support both the Capital Area Food Bank and the Nation’s Capital Girl Scouts. Girls take orders and collect payment. Troops will never have to touch a box of cookies with this option. At the end of the program, council will deliver all donated cookies to the food bank.
Troop 2 Troops: NEW! Your troop can donate cookies to the military through a new partnership with the USO Metropolitan Washington. Though there is a draw down in military operations overseas, the need to support our military and their families is as great as ever. The troop can collect orders during the initial order phase as well as during direct sales and collects payment at the point of order or sale. At the end of the program, your troop can participate in a “Troop 2 Troops” drop off day by bringing donated cookies to the USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir in early April. Other specifically identified drop-off days will be scheduled throughout April.
Hometown Heroes: Girls in the troop choose a local group that they are passionate about and want to help. This option can help to further the troop's badge and journey work or to explore another idea that interests the girls. The girls communicate the chosen recipient to the customer at the time of sale and collects payment. Your troop then schedules delivery of donated cookies at the end of the program.
Here are some action steps to aid in the selection of a Hometown Hero.
To identify what Hometown Heroes the troop would like to support for their Gift of Caring project, guide girls through these three easy steps:
2. Communicate to customers that by supporting your Gift of Caring, cookies they purchase will be donated to your chosen group. The more the girls know about their Heroes, the better able they are to deliver the message to potential customers. There are many helpful resources to promote your troop's Gift of Caring program on the Little Brownie Baker website and under Troop Program Resources. Have girls create colorful cookie booth drop box for customers to place their donations.
3. Deliver the cookies at the end of Cookie Season. When girls can see the affect of their service, the lasting impact is so much greater.
Need some ideas as a jumping off point for your girls? Here are some local organizations that the Nation's Capital Girl Scouts have supported in the past :