Kids & Family

Scout Troop Aims to sell 10,000 Boxes of Cookies, You Can Help

Plus, you might be surprised what the Girl Scouts do with all the money they raise from cookie sales, which wrap up this weekend.

Admit it, you love to eat

Girl Scout

cookies. What you might also love is the fact that each box you buy goes to fund some pretty wonderful things right in your own community.

Yes, cookie sales help the scouts buy uniforms and badges, go to summer camp and take field trips. But they also fund scout service projects in your neighborhood -- you can even donate cookies to go to local senior centers, pantries and homeless shelters, and our military overseas.

We got a chance to visit a standout troop, 29 girls strong, in Pittsburgh's South Hills who are giving back to their community, while selling an astounding number of cookies.

Did you know that 100% of the money scouts earn through door to door, friends and family, and table sales stays local? Not only does the money allow them to fund a year's worth of programs for the girls (including scholarships), it gives them opportunities to volunteer. The troop we visited, Troop 52745, will do a number of service projects including helping out at an animal shelter.

If you want a no-calorie way to support the scouts, they'll take donations of cash or cookies that also go to a good cause. For example, members of our troop take cookies donated through the Girl Scouts' "Gifts of Caring" program to the Baptist Home in the South Hills to share when they visit the senior citizens. Troops also accept donated cookies for the military through the Girl Scouts' "Operation Sweets Appreciation" program.

This weekend is the last time you'll be able to buy from cookie booths in your neighborhood. Click here for the scouts' "Cookie Finder" to find a cookie sale near you.

Or if you want to help our troop get to 10,000 boxes, head over to Fiori's Pizza Capital Avenue location Friday night, or Roland's Seafood Grill in the Strip District Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can also donate to their Gift of Caring fund via Pay Pal

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