Gift of Caring
Cookie customers can opt to donate their purchased cookies through the Girl Scout Gift of Caring program. Purchases of cookies that are donated through this program are tax deductible. Most of the donated cookies are distributed to seniors and people in need throughout the region via partnerships with social service agencies, including the Meals on Wheels People, Marion-Polk Food Share and Clark County Food Bank.
“The Gift of Caring program is one of the many ways in which GSOSW Girl Scouts give back to their local communities,” said Karen Hill, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington. “The Girl Scout Cookie Program helps to not only develop entrepreneurial skills in girls, but also fosters a lifelong commitment to giving back to others.”
Girl Scout troops can elect to choose their own Gift of Caring recipient, making the philanthropic effort of this program even more personal for their troop. Girls have chosen fire stations, military personnel, shelters, veterans and many other organizations in their communities.
Throughout the 2020 cookie season, thousands of Girl Scouts, representing areas within 38 counties, will participate in this special program to donate Girl Scout Cookies which will get distributed to a variety of social service agencies throughout the region.
"It's just amazing..." Girl Scout Déja Fitzwater told KATU News, "To know the love and hard work that was put into it, you can just feel it."