Posted by: Mindy on Mon, Jul 30, 2018
Girl Scouts use firehouse for cookie distribution
Girl Scouts in Hillsborough delivered more than 34,600 boxes of cookies to hungry customers in town and around the country. In addition, more than 1,800 boxes were donated to military personnel through Operation Jersey Cares.
This year, as in many prior years, Hillsborough Fire Company No. 2 offered Girl Scouts the use of the Route 206 Firehouse to support the massive undertaking, clearing out their trucks and equipment on March 17th to make room for more than 2,400 cases of cookies, all staged and organized for pickup by dedicated troop leaders and troop cookie managers.
On cookie distribution day, cars roll through the two bays of the firehouse every few minutes for more than three hours in a well-orchestrated and incredibly efficient assembly, while. Girl Scouts and Hillsborough High School Honor Society students, friends and colleagues load car after car and verify distribution paperwork.
Girl Scout Volunteer Cookie Team Leads, Dana Shapiro, Nancy Giordano, Pat Szary and Michelle Tomenchok coordinated the cookie sale across all 70 Hillsborough troops, which culminated in Cookie distribution day.
“Given March weather is always a bit unpredictable, the firehouse is the perfect spot for cookie distribution day since it is covered and has the drive through lanes. The use of the firehouse is a critical part of the entire process,“ said Ms. Shapiro, “and we are so appreciative of the firemen and their support of our efforts.”
The firemen really make Girl Scouts feel welcome and there is a real sense of sharing community resources,” said Ms. Giordano. “Girl Scout cookies are a 100 year tradition, and an opportunity for young girls to learn important business skills. We enjoy helping the troops learn how to work hard and earn money that they can put toward their troop activities.”
Girl Scouts in Hillsborough is an active and busy organization with more than 500 school-aged girls participating and several hundred adult volunteers coordinating activities and leading troops. Girl Scouts start in kindergarten and continue through high school.
If you would like more information on Girl Scouts and how girls can get involved, check out the website at www.borogirlscouts.org.