iGive, the council’s Virtual Gift of Caring
The council offers an optional “iGive” virtual Gift of Caring for the 2018 Cookie Program, with cookies going to Second Harvest Food Bank and Blue Star Mothers. The council delivers the cookies; volunteers and girls do not handle any of these boxes. While this convenient program is quite popular, it is just an option, and troops may still participate in the traditional CookieShare (formerly known as Gift of Caring) where the troop selects its own charity and delivers CookieShare cookies to the charity.
Cookie Share (formerly called Gift of Caring)
Many Girl Scout troops participate in CookieShare, a community service project in which girls encourage customers to buy cookies for donation to a non-profit organization selected by the troop. In 2016 nearly 12,200 boxes of cookies were donated to 200 local community organizations and non-profits such as the Ronald McDonald House in New Orleans, the Bishop Ott Women and Children’s Shelter in Baton Rouge, local firefighters, police, and hospitals, with a significant number of cookies going to military men and women serving overseas, sending them through organizations like Operation We Care and Blue Star Mothers of LA, as well as to units where Girl Scouts had family members and friends.