Rochester Girl Scouts Selling Cookies, Hope Every Weekend
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every single weekend, in blowing snow or beautiful sunshine, you'll find this one hungry girl scout working outside harder than most. But her appetite isn't for just the cookies that she sells, it's for something else entirely.
We all know someone who knows someone who has a daughter in Girl Scouts. I say that with confidence because if you don't by now, well then you will eventually because every year they always come around asking you to buy their cookies. However, this might be the first year in a long while where someone at work hasn't come up to my desk begging me to buy a dozen boxes for their kid.
No matter, because since Super Bowl weekend 11-year old Serafeane Tieskotter and her mom Andrea have secured some prime real estate on one of the busiest intersections in town on 7th street and 36th ave northwest in Rochester. I see them and drive by their stand every weekend because they're stationed near my house in Country Manor. She belongs to Troop 44709, and has sold over 1,000 boxes of cookies the last two years in a row - and she's hoping for a three-peat in 2018!
But her goal isn't just to bury any competition within her troop from selling cookies, it's also for a good cause. She explains that the money raised from cookie sales also earns her and her troop the Bronze Award. They can earn this by doing projects that help the community, such as building and stocking local food pantries to feed the hungry, and those less fortunate. They've already spoken to several businesses, churches and even schools to help contribute to these pantries once they've donated the first round of goods.
So the next time you're cruising along West Circle Drive, be sure and swing by Serafeane's station and buy a box of thin mints. Because that $4 can make a huge difference in the lives of others.