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.
“Girls learn so much by participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program—from goal setting to money management—and with the Gift of Caring program they also learn first-hand the power of working together with others to give back to their community," says said Shannon Evers, Chief Executive Officer at Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington. "It’s heart-warming to think about the joy these cookies will bring to local seniors, and our girls are truly proud of their part in that.”
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 2022 cookie season, thousands of Girl Scouts, representing areas within 38 counties, participated in this special program to donate more than 57,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies which will be distributed to a variety of social service agencies throughout the region.