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Valley Girl Scouts use cookie money for special cause

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Posted at 6:52 AM, Dec 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-30 09:19:16-05

Girl Scout cookie season is right around the corner and one local troop is making sure the money you spend on cookies is going towards a good cause.

Daphne Thomas is 7-years-old and a 2nd year Daisy in Troop 4560, located in the Gilbert area.

Her mom and troop leader Leslie says like other troops across the country, they've had to take learning and leadership to the virtual space. One thing they've learned about is budgeting. The troop finished selling cookies in February but they had more products to sell in the fall.

"She was like, I want to make as much money as possible," Leslie said.

Leslie says her daughter sold over $1,200 worth of products and wanted to make sure the money she earned would go to a special place.

"We wanted to give them Christmas and I gave the idea to my mom and she said 'Ok, we will put it on the Girl Scout list,'" Daphne said.

The troop bought toys and clothing for families at the non-profit Ryan House, which cares for children with life-limiting conditions.

After a tough year, Leslie says seeing her daughter step up and want to help others makes her proud.

"It just makes my heart so happy," Leslie said. "Now they've decided for this upcoming cookie season, they want to find a local family shelter to do donations for."

Daphne says Girl Scouts is more than just selling cookies, it's about making a difference.

"It's our job to help clean up and make the world a better place," Daphne said.

Starting January 18, Girl Scout troops will begin selling cookies outside of some local stores, with safety precautions in place. For more information on where to find cookies closest to you, click here.