Here’s How You Can Help This Girl Scout Troop of Homeless Girls in NYC
Girl Scout cookie season is one that we always look forward to. Aside from the sales being conducted by sweet kids and the cookies being rather delicious, the funds go to a good cause. But this season, there’s an even better reason to stock up on those legendary Thin Mints that you love so much.
Supporting the Girl Scouts has never felt quite as important as it has since the creation of a special troop, Troop 6000, which is composed of girls who live in New York City’s homeless shelters. This particular troop is meant to give these girls a sense of community and purpose amidst all the hardship they and their families are going through.
Usually, girls will join a troop associated with their neighborhood or school, but since those in the shelter system don’t always have a community to call their own, this troop creates that experience for them. Created in 2017 by a single mother who was homeless herself, Troop 6000 meets each week in shelters across the five boroughs of New York City. And like all Girl Scout troops, cookie sales proceeds go toward them buying uniforms, taking field trips, and doing other badge-related activities.
In addition to providing a means for the girls to get the full Girl Scout experience, Troop 6000 also makes sure to look out for its members once they leave the shelter system, with gift baskets of personal care items, financial aid, and even connection to other local troops wherever they end up.