Thin Mint, anyone? Grand County Girl Scouts begin selling cookies today
Grand County, Colorado
Grand County’s Girl Scout Unit Cookie Director Terese Cunico found out recently that Girl Scouts can no longer sell cookies at Fraser’s Safeway.
But Safeway is making up for the change with a donation to the local troop.
The news was an initial blow to the local Snowshoe Unit, which sold about 4,000 boxes last year at the Fraser Safeway, equating to about $2,200. Troops sold 350 boxes in one evening alone at the Safeway during the height of the Winter Park ski season, shattering local Scout records.
“Girls ran out of boxes because they’d never sold that much in a four-hour shift,” Cunico said. Her Cadettes became the top-selling troop in their region, which includes the Denver metro area.
But due to Safeway union-related regulations that classify the Fraser Safeway as a non-solicitation store, according to Safeway Denver Division headquarters, the Fraser store should not have been allowing Girl Scout cookie booths.
“There may have been confusion of the policy in Fraser,” said Safeway’s Director of Public Affairs Kris Staaf, in Denver.
Aware that pulling the popular post could affect Grand County Girl Scouts sales, Safeway is making up for potentially lost funds.
Since the store has been a reliable post for Grand County Girl Scouts in the past, “the Safeway Foundation is making a $1,500 donation to the Snowshoe Unit to help them reach their goal this year,” Staaf said.
Rachelle Trujillo, communications vice president at Girl Scouts of Colorado, finds Safeway’s gesture “very generous.”
“It reaffirms their strong support for Girl Scouts,” she said.
Cunico said she doesn’t blame the local Safeway manager or its employees for having to follow the rule, adding that in the past nine years or more the store has been very welcoming to Grand County Girl Scouts.
Nevertheless, local scout leaders aided by Girl Scout’s council are scrambling for new sites in East Grand County, especially in the Fraser Valley.
In the past, Winter Park Resort has allowed cookie sales to its employees, even though it too has a no-soliciation policy, according to Winter Park Resort Communications Manager Jenn deBerge ” a former Girl Scout leader herself.
Now that Safeway is no longer an option for troops, the resort is open to discuss possible solutions, deBerge said.
Out of the 120 Safeway stores in Colorado, 13 of them are non-union, including the Fraser store. Such stores do not allow solicitation in part from policy formed by customer input.
The remaining stores, more than 100, “have a good long-term relationship with Girl Scouts,” Staaf said.
Cunico said she’s thankful troops can still set up shop at Granby’s City Market and the Kremmling Mercantile when booth sales start up Feb. 13 through March 8. Girl Scout Troops also plan to peddle cookies at the Grand County Administration building.
Until then, starting today (Jan. 9) through Jan. 25, Girl Scouts will be taking orders door-to-door.
Cookies will arrive Feb. 6 for distribution and booth sales.
Girl Scout cookies, with Thin Mints the most popular among them, are the major annual fundraiser for the organization.
Last year troops in Colorado earned roughly $2 million from cookie sales for individual troop activities, such as service projects and trips, according to http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org.
Through annual sales, “girls learn to set goals, communicate, manage money, work as a team, plan a strategy and make and stick to a budget,” the Girl Scout site states.
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