Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore today delivered a mountain of Thin Mints, Samoas and other flavors of beloved Girl Scout cookies donated by Investors Bank to a group of disabled veterans as part of an initiative to thank local heroes and share comfort with the community during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.
Two thousand boxes of the tasty treats were dropped off at the Brick chapter of Disabled American Veterans Department of New Jersey (DAVNJ) and will be shared with disabled vets across New Jersey. Another 8,000 boxes of cookies donated by Investors Bank are being delivered to five other organizations in support of the Girl Scout Cookie Relief Fund.
The fund was launched to encourage local businesses and other supporters to donate cookies for Girl Scouts to distribute to essential workers, volunteers, and other local causes. So far, more than 90,000 Girl Scout Cookies have been delivered, and with Investors Bank’s donation, the fund will top 100,000 cookies.
“Investors Bank is honored to assist Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore by supporting the Cookie Relief Fund,” said Investors Bank Senior Vice President and Retail Market Executive Victoria Magliacane. “Girl Scout Cookies always are welcome. We hope the cookies we donate will help the organizations assisting those hit hardest by the pandemic find some joy with these delicious treats during this very difficult time.”
Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore CEO Eileen Higgins thanked Investors Bank for their $50,000 donation to share 10,000 “boxes of love with heroes who’ve served our country and everyday heroes on the front lines of the pandemic caring for our community.”
“Support for the Girl Scout Cookie Program enables Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore to provide leadership programs and experiences to girls in both Monmouth and Ocean counties,” Higgins noted, adding that Girl Scouts were in the midst of their annual cookie program when the health crisis hit, halting community cookie booths and in-person sales, resulting in a large inventory of cookies.
At the delivery today, Investors Bank invited other businesses to support the Cookie Relief Fund, to help Girl Scouts draw down their cookie inventory and to bring comfort to the community.
“We are excited to assist the Girl Scouts who have been working to make the world a better place by helping girls grow in courage, confidence and character for more than 100 years,” Magliacane said.
Investors Bank is driven by its four core values that provide the foundation for its mission and vision: Cooperation, Character, Commitment and Community. Investors Bank strongly believes in the power of community commitment and working in cooperation with like-minded organizations for the good of the people and neighborhoods they serve.
Investors believes that the only way to do well, is to do good. Investors Bank Chairman and CEO Kevin Cummings said, “Nonprofits are responding to the unprecedented needs of so many in our communities. We believe in the value of forming alliances that bring our company and not-for-profit organizations together to assist in serving our neighbors.”
Johnnie Walker, department adjutant for DAVNJ, said the organization relies on support from other nonprofits and advocacy organizations “to make sure we fulfill our promises to all the men and women who have served our country.”
In addition to the cookie drop off to the disabled veterans, Girl Scouts is delivering the remaining 8,000 boxes of cookies donated by Investors Bank to the following organizations:
- Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of New Jersey, based in New Brunswick. CASA of NJ is part of a national network of nonprofit programs that advocate for children removed from their families because of abuse or neglect.
- Lunch Break, a Red Bank nonprofit that freely provides food, clothing, life skills and fellowship to those in need in Monmouth County and beyond.
- HomeFront of New Jersey in Lawrenceville, whose mission is to end homelessness in Central New Jersey by harnessing the caring resources and expertise of the community.
- Ocean Mental Health Services, Toms River, which offers a comprehensive continuum of mental health services that promote full participation in community life.
- RWJ – Barnabas – Community Medical Center Campus in Toms River, which is working to advance innovative strategies in high quality patient care, education, and research to address both the clinical and social determinants of health.
Anyone interested in supporting the Girl Scout Cookie Relief Fund can visit, GSFun.org/CookieRelief.