#GoGIRLS: Girl Scouts Troop for Homeless Girls Dominate Their First Cookie Sale
Imagine not having your parents tuck you in, and not being able to decorate your room, not because you don’t have parents, but because you don’t have a bedroom. Or a home.
Homelessness in America certainly isn't a new concept, but a Girl Scout Troop exclusively for homeless girls, certainly is. Troop 6000 in New York City consists of girls in the shelter systems, and, according to their website, they've already reached their goal to sell 6,000 cookies.
The troop was founded last year, and have the support of NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio, who announced the city would invest $1 million over a three-year period into the group.
Giselle Burgess started the troop to give her children and others a chance to connect with peers experiencing similar circumstances.
“We're scared, we're nervous, and we don't know what's going in the situation as an adult, so imagine how they must feel," Burgess said to NY1. "I definitely felt that they needed to be able to connect with someone, with peers that are living through the same situations that they have."
The cookie sales will go towards paying for uniforms, trips, and activities. Kellogg’s NYC, the cereal bar hosting their booth, will also feature recipes created by the girls, and proceeds will go to the troop.
I remember the support I felt when I was homeless, and it makes all the difference in the world to know that people don't feel sorry for you, but simply are there to help you feel normal. Circumstances are temporary, but the love and support these girls must feel will last forever.