This story was corrected at 1:30 p.m. on March 4, 2014. An explanation follows the story.
Members of Girl Scout Daisy Troop 889 at Olney Elementary School on Friday delivered more than 100 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to MedStar Montgomery Medical Center in Olney. .
Troop Cookie Manager April Tegeler said that each year, the girls pick a local charity to donate cookies to as part of their sales efforts.
“Recognizing the importance of the hospital’s presence and support throughout the Olney community, this year, our girls chose MedStar Montgomery Medical Center to be the recipient of our Gift of Caring Project,” she said. “For a variety of reasons, some customers may not want to buy cookies for themselves. The Gift of Caring project through Girl Scouts allows people the chance to give to others while supporting Girl Scouting at that same time.”
The troop’s 11 first-graders meet monthly to work on a wide variety of character education badges.
One meeting is devoted to teaching the girls the importance of setting challenging goals and reaching them through cookie sales. The two main focuses of these goals are “What can we do with our cookie money to help others?” and “What can we do for fun and learning?”
Once all of the cookies have been distributed and money has been collected, the girls decide what to do for the fun part. Last year, they visited the Mud Hut, where they learned how to paint their own pottery.
The hospital plans to distribute cookies in various ways: to doctors’ offices, the pediatric unit, patients on specific floors and at an annual coffee gathering.
“It sounds like they will be going to good use throughout the hospital campus,” Tegeler said.
Because most of the girls are only 6 years old, Troop 889 concentrated on selling to family and friends. However, other local Girl Scout troops will continue holding cookie booth sales around town on weekends through the end of the month.
An earlier version of this story had Courtney Heatwole’s name misspelled in a photo caption.