Daisy troop has 130 cases of excess cookies
It's safe to say Daisy Troop 54321 is in a bit of a cookie crunch. The troop has 130 cases of cookies that still need to be sold.
With 130 cases, 12 boxes of cookies per case, at $3.50 a box, the troop currently has $5,460 worth of cookies that they hope community members will want to buy.
The troop is made up of 19 kindergarten and first-graders, ages 5-7; Led by Robin Marx, Molly Henderson and Autumn Afdahl. With the girls' young age, door-to-door sales are sometimes difficult especially with the recent winter weather. The girls' age, the weather, the economy and a change in supply and demand, all contributed to the troop's surplus of cookies.
Daisy mom Robin Marx said the Girl Scout organization used an "on-demand" cookie order system this year.
"Troops ordered a little more than last year, but did not anticipate the immediate demand by our friends and neighbors. Everyone ran out of cookies quicker than we could fill the orders. More were requested by each troop and by the time the cookie makers were able to catch us up, we had more cookies than we needed."
Marx said usually troops are able to return the cookies to the organization on "Cookie Come Back Days," but this year those days fell on the same days as one of the big winter storms and parents of the troop girls were not able to get their surplus cookies in on time.
According to Marx, there are a lot of troops in the same situation as Daisy Troop 54321 that can't absorb the costs of the excess cookies.
Marx said there is a lot of overlap with Girl Scouts selling in the area, as well as in the Twin Cities.
Marx stressed that selling Girl Scout cookies is a fun way for the troop girls to get to know their community and earn money for troop field trips and other activities.
The troop earns around $1 from every box sold.
The money earned from the sales goes into the Troop's account. Based on how much the troop earns, the girls vote on which activity they would like to use the money toward.
Marx said some of Troop 54321's favorite activities include Nickelodeon Universe and Build a Bear Workshop at the Mall of America and swimming at the pool in Menomonie.
"A couple of the girls want to go skydiving, but I'm thinking that's not doable," Marx said.
A big part of the Girl Scout program is community involvement, and it seems that quite a few Hammond residents are eager to help the Daisies sell their cookies.
The troop will be setting up a cookie booth at Sandy Brecht Photography, 940 Davis St., in Hammond, on Saturday, March 12, from 1-6 pm. Brecht also has the troop's cookies for sale during her regular business hours; in the studio and by phone.
Marx said other Hammond businesses have agreed to have cookie booths at their sites as well.
"So far, Sandy Brecht, Michelle Johnson, Paulette Anderson and the Daisy parents are all pitching in to make this booth event a success. I have also been told that Michelle Johnson is volunteering dates for us to have a booth at the library and Associated Bank in Hammond is donating time and space as well," she said.
Originally, the troop wanted to use the cookie sale to fundraise and donate a portion of their profits to the soldiers as well, but the Girl Scouts of the United State of America organization does not allow troops to fundraise other organizations through the cookie sales.
"Since we can't fundraise for another, we can't officially donate as well. However, how we divide up what we've made at the end of the selling time, and how we spend it, is up to the troop. The Food Shelf will be on the menu at the end of the sale for a community service donation," Marx said.
Marx said the community can send the gift of cookies to soldiers though.
"We can sell to individuals and suggest that if a consumer doesn't want to buy for themselves that they can buy for our military troops," she said.
Even if the troop doesn't get all their cookies sold, the girls will have learned their first lesson on the importance of living in a supportive community.
This is more than just another cookie sale; it's a way to get the community together, Marx said.
"For example, I walked in to Sandy's shop to discuss options, and some of our biggest community members jumped in and started brainstorming with us. I certainly never expected to get this much interest, let alone this much support from our community," she said.
Marx said it has been awhile since Daisies have been able to have their own cookie booths and she wants the girls' first cookie sale to be impactful.
"I want their first experience to be safe, fun and allow them to get some meaning out of it at the same time. It's important to instill community awareness and service in our young people as early as we can. In doing that, they grow up to be involved in the welfare of their community, just like our great examples of Michelle, Sandy and Paulette," she said.
Marx said she hopes residents stop by the cookie booth and support Daisy Troop 54321.
"Take home some cookies for yourselves, and if you want, purchase some to donate to our military troops overseas. They aren't able to take a bite out of Girl Scout cookie goodness without you!" Marx said.