Lincoln Brownie Troop donates 99 boxes of cookies to Hephzibah

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By Terry Dean

Staff reporter

Through the generosity of family, friends, neighbors and co-workers, the second grade Brownie Troop at Lincoln Elementary School in Oak Park recently donated 99 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to Hephzibah Children’s Association. 

Troop leaders Julie O’Shea and Stacey Evenson frequently talk with the girls about the importance of giving back to the community and helping others. The girls took this to heart and decided they would like to donate cookies to a local charity as part of the 2011 Girl Scout Cookie Sale. Before the sale began, the troop voted and chose Hephzibah as their charity for donated cookies.

One Brownie scout asked her mom to post a note on Facebook about the troop’s donation drive. That note resulted in 25 boxes of donated cookies. Another scout and her brother donated part of their allowance to buy cookies for Hephzibah. Many people were happy to learn that they could donate cookies if they did not want to purchase for themselves.

At a recent troop meeting, Hephzibah Director of Development Molly Philosophos spoke with the girls about Hephzibah and the children that live there. The troop then presented Molly with their 99 boxes of cookies.

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Julie Nilson Chyna from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: March 24th, 2011 8:35 AM

What a wonderful idea! Kudos to the troop leaders who came up with a fun and tangible way to teach their scouts about giving back.

Kathleen Kelleher from Burlington, WI   

Posted: March 23rd, 2011 6:28 PM

Really proud of this troop who worked hard not only to sell cookies, but also to raise money to provide cookies to those less fortunate. This is a great example of what scoutting is all about. Hope that the national Girl Scout office is aware of this great example.


Posted: March 23rd, 2011 11:09 AM

How many cookies per student/staff does that come out to?

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