Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore has delivered more than 70,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to essential workers on the front lines of the health crisis and is on a mission to deliver another 100,000 boxes of love.
The nonprofit leadership organization’s COVID-19 Cookie Relief Fund got a boost on Thursday from OceanFirst Bank, which donated 10,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies that will be delivered next week to families served by Fufill, a food bank that supports Monmouth and Ocean counties.
OceanFirst employees and volunteers gathered at Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore’s Program Activity Center in Farmingdale on Thursday to prepare the massive cookie delivery aimed at providing comfort to local families during this unprecedented health crisis.
“It’s truly amazing what a box of Girl Scout Cookies can do to lift one’s spirits,” said Joe Lebel, Chief Operating Officer, OceanFirst Bank. “This is OceanFirst’s way to show our commitment to families and community in this time of need and uncertainty.”
OceanFirst also issued a challenge to other local businesses to join them in sharing boxes of love with front-line workers and volunteers or their own employees. “We invite businesses to join our Box of Love Challenge and to pass the challenge on to five other businesses or colleagues so together we can bring comfort to our community,” Lebel said.
Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore CEO Eileen Higgins welcomed the generous donation from OceanFirst and their challenge to the business community. “Donations to the Cookie Relief Fund not only help bring smiles and comfort to selfless essential workers, volunteers and community members,” Higgins said, “but also enable Girl Scouts to participate in leadership programs.”
Girl Scout troops were in the midst of their annual cookie program when the health crisis hit, putting a stop to all community cookie booths and in-person sales, Higgins said. The Cookie Relief Fund was created to invite local businesses and residents to join Girl Scouts in sharing love with the community during a challenging time and at the same time draw down their inventory of cookies.
In addition to OceanFirst, several other businesses have joined Girl Scouts in sharing boxes of love including New Jersey Natural Gas based in Wall, Stillwell-Hansen in Edison, and Dr. Stephen Chagares of Shrewsbury. Members of Deal Golf and Country Club also pitched in to support the Cookie Relief Fund by making a donation to buy out the cookie inventory of two troops and asking the girls to donate them locally. The girls chose to donate the cookies to front-line workers at Jersey Shore Medical Center and fire and police departments in Deal.
So far, cookie deliveries have been made to a dozen hospitals in mostly central New Jersey, and to scores of first responders, as well as to volunteers at area food banks.
Anyone interested in supporting the Girl Scout Cookie Relief Fund can visit, GSFun.org/CookieRelief. Cookies are also available for individual purchase online and can be shipped or delivered without contact by visiting GSFun.org/VirtualCookieBooth.