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Troops from the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways Council are celebrating a successful conclusion to the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program. Participating girls sold 1.75 million boxes of cookies, of which 15,324 boxes will be donated to the Rescue Mission Alliance (including its Auburn location) through Council Gift of Caring, an annual service project.

Troops from the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways Council are celebrating a successful conclusion to the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program. Participating girls sold 1.75 million boxes of cookies across the council territory, which spans 24 counties in upstate New York and two in northern Pennsylvania, including Cayuga County. That’s almost 146,422 cases of cookies! Fifty-one girls are considered top “Cookie Bosses” for selling 1,200-plus boxes each this season, earning them a special outing this June with the council CEO.

In addition, 15,324 boxes will be donated to the Rescue Mission Alliance through the Council Gift of Caring Program, an annual service project. Through Girl Scouting, girls learn the value of community service. For various reasons, some customers do not wish to buy cookies for themselves. Through Gift of Caring, they purchase cookies as a donation as a way to give to others while supporting local Girl Scouts.

The Rescue Mission provides programs to end hunger and homelessness across Syracuse, Auburn, Binghamton and Ithaca. Programs are tailored to the needs of each community. Gifted cookies will be served as a special dessert during mealtimes, distributed to families and shared with residents in regional service areas.

Girl Scouts will help distribute donated cookies at Rescue Mission service sites. At the Binghamton Rescue Mission, Girl Scouts from that area helped with delivery on Friday, May 10. At the Auburn Rescue Mission, Girl Scouts from Junior Troop 10029 from Skaneateles will assist with delivery and have a party with crafts and dancing with children and families on Thursday, May 16. At the Syracuse Rescue Mission, local Girl Scouts will assist with delivery and help serve dinner with Girl Scout cookies for dessert on Friday, May 17.

Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls learn financial literacy, practice entrepreneurship and develop essential leadership skills like goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics. Purchases support local Girl Scouts, who use cookie earnings to power unmatched experiences for themselves and their troops.

“We value the hard work and dedication of our Girl Scouts and adult volunteers each cookie season. Cookie sales help girls and their troops create impactful community service projects, experience personal enrichment opportunities like summer camp, and so much more. The Council Gift of Caring Program is equally as important. Through the public’s help, a sweet treat is being provided to communities served by the Rescue Mission. We are so grateful for this special partnership,” says Julie Dale, Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways CEO.

Rescue Mission CEO Dan Sieburg added, “The Rescue Mission is always thankful for the support from the Girl Scouts. However, being named the 2019 Gift of Caring partner has meant so much more than cookies. Local troops went above and beyond, inviting our staff to teach them more about ending hunger and homelessness, conducting hygiene drives for shelter necessities, and making crafts for our residents. These young ladies and their leaders are truly working to make our community a better place for all our neighbors in need."

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Jaime Alvarez is communications director for Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways.

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