UNITE QUAD-CITIES: Need a Thin Mint fix? Girl Scouts in the Illinois/Iowa area have 24,000 boxes leftover and will keep selling (copy)
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UNITE QUAD-CITIES: Need a Thin Mint fix? Girl Scouts in the Illinois/Iowa area have 24,000 boxes leftover and will keep selling (copy)

Thousands of boxes of Girl Scout cookies went unsold this year in eastern Iowa and western Illinois.

Door-to-door sales and public booths were limited in March because of the COVID-19 outbreak, but digital cookie site sales have been extended through April 12.

“Anyone who knows a Girl Scout should absolutely reach out to them and see if they have any extra cookies left. If someone does not know a Girl Scout, then they can visit www.girlscoutcookies.org and order cookies to be directly shipped to their door or choose to purchase cookies that will be safely donated to first responders,” said Maura Warner, vice president of marketing for Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.

“Donations will help with the 24,000 packages we have left over that we can give to local hospitals.”

Warner also highlighted how the Girl Scouts are embracing the heart of the mission of the program by doing "at-home" community service through cards being made for nursing home residents or scouts such as Maddie Campbell in Moline.

In addition to cookie sales, Girl Scouts have had to adapt to social distancing practices and launched a social distance service challenge for its members. Warner said girls were making masks for hospitals, taking food and cookie donations to pantries and more.

“A pair of sisters hung signs near the highway to thank semi-trucks for delivering food even — they’re creative,” Warner said this week.

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