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Girl Scouts give cookies to first-line helpers

Beaver County Times, Pa. — Scott Tady Beaver County Times, Pa.

March 26-- Mar. 26--BADEN -- With events canceled, businesses closed and people socially distancing, local Girl Scout troops ended up with unsold cookies.

The Baden Girl Scout troop made figurative lemonade out of its leftover Lemon-Ups, Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Samoas, Do-Si-Dos and shortbread Trefoils, hatching a plan to donate those cookies to people on the front line responding to the coronavirus.

"Our Girl Scout troop had lots of cookies we couldn't sell since booths were canceled," said Connie Mabin, one of the Baden troop's parents. "We rallied the community who all bought the cookies and donated them to grocery workers, hospital workers, police, firefighters and others working so hard right now."

All of the girls and their parents used personal contacts and social media to solicit donations. Within 24 hours the cookies sold out, with most of them being donated to front-line workers.

The Girl Scouts, who are mostly third-graders, included thank-you notes with each safely made delivery.

Recipients included the Giant Eagle in Baden, UPMC Presbyterian and Heritage Valley Sewickley hospitals, Penn State-Beaver police, Baden police (which staffs the girls' Baden Academy Charter School) and the Economy Volunteer Fire Department.

The girls, members of Brownies Troop 52911, included Elizabeth Speicher, Anaiah Newman, Faith Council, Lila Catalano, Rory Persson, Lydia Pintur, Rebecca Olexa, Cassie Westrom, Gianna Miller, Joselyn Desrochers, Nadia Benkowski, Lera Rodom and Anne Kronenwetter.

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