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Here's how you can send Girl Guide cookies to Collingwood's emergency services

With door-to-door sales out of the question, Collingwood's Girl Guides have had to change the way they sell and deliver their famous treats
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A few cases of Girl Guide cookies, purchased by donations from the community, went to Collingwood OPP station last week. Contributed photo

A local Girl Guide troop needs your help to get their famous cookies to local frontline workers in Collingwood.

This year’s cookies arrived right at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Typically the guides each take a couple of cases and the group will work together to sell the rest of the boxes door-to-door or outside local grocery stores.

“We can’t do any of that so we’re basically sitting here stuck with a bunch of cookies,” said Dianne McMurray, the leader of a group of 30 Guides in the Collingwood.

Cookie sales in the spring and fall are the Girl Guides main fundraiser, and proceeds are shared between local troops and Girl Guides Canada to fund activities, scholarships, trips and more.

Not willing to give up, McMurray came up with a plan to support the girls, “sell” cookies and also to say thank you to frontline workers in the community.

She is asking for members of the community to donate money toward cookies and the cases will be delivered to various frontline organizations in the community.

As donations have come in, she’s been able to bring cases of cookies to Collingwood General and Marine Hospital, Collingwood OPP, the Collingwood paramedic station, the food bank, Out of the Cold Collingwood, and local youth and women’s shelters.

“We’re still looking to bring in donations for some of our cases and hoping we can deliver some to the firefighters and pharmacists,” said McMurray.

The cases were made and packed in November/December, and each case contains 12 boxes of girl guide cookies. McMurray and the other leaders are taking care of any deliveries and making sure they are contactless and observe physical distancing rules.

“It’s a great way we can work through this in the pandemic situation and also a thank you to those frontline service workers,” said McMurray.

There are approximately 65 girls involved in Girl Guides in Collingwood including Sparks (5-6 yrs), Brownies (7-8 yrs), Guides (9-11), and Pathfinders (12-14).

Cookies are $5 per box or $60 per case and McMurray said local Guide leaders are asking people in a position to donate to send money via e-transfer (in increments divisible by 5) and she will apply it to the cases she brings to frontline workers.

For questions or to send an e-transfer donation, you can email Dianne McMurray at diannemcmurray89@gmail.com.


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