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Iconic cookies comfort frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic

Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan is part of the “Cookie Care Challenge’’ allowing people to donate cookies to frontline workers through a 'virtual cookie booth.'

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — Although you won’t see cookie-laden tables outside hardware stores and churches, the Girl Scouts are offering everything from Thin Mints to Peanut Butter Patties for online purchase to help those battling the coronavirus pandemic.

Girl Scouts all over the U.S., including here in western Michigan, are hosting virtual cookie booths.

“Because of the Stay Home, Stay Safe order, our girls are not out selling their cookies in the traditional way,’’ said Stacy Jenkins, product program supervisor for Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan. “But they are certainly still available.’’

Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan recently launched what is called the “Cookie Care Challenge.’’

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It is part of a national campaign to encourage Girl Scouts supporters to make an online donation for cookie purchases. 

By visiting www.gshom.org, people can purchase cookies that will then be donated to frontline workers and others, Jenkins said. The online form allows you to buy and donate up to 40 boxes for $200 or one box for $5. 

As of April 21, more than 1 million boxes of cookies have been sold, according to blog.girlscouts.org.

“We’re sending cookies to hospitals and first responders as well as food banks,’’ she said. “So, whatever you donate, every five dollars will purchase a box of cookies that will be sent out to first responders.’’

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Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan has about 28,000 boxes available. Thin mints remain the most popular in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, Jenkins said.

People who want to order cookies for themselves may need to wait, she said. “I apologize, it is taking a little longer for some of our shipping,’’ Jenkins explained.

Girl Scout cookies, she said, offer a measure of comfort during the pandemic.

“They really want that comfort food, that taste of home,’’ Jenkins said. “They need something while they’re hanging out with their families and working through these trying times.’’

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