NEW YORK – The homeless Girl Scout troop that saw New Yorkers braving long lines to support its inaugural cookie drive is now 500 strong. Sweetness for Troop 6000 was evident when the girls sold more than 32,000 boxes of cookies at Union Square in April — far surpassing an initial goal of 6,000.
The Department of Homeless Services and the Girl Scouts of Greater New York established Troop 6000 in February 2017. That July, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that his office would, with money from the Mayor’s Fund, invest more than $1 million to the group’s expansion, which wrapped up this month.
“We are grateful to Mayor de Blasio and our city partners for helping us start and expand Troop 6000, which is critically important to helping girls cope with the challenges of homelessness,” Meredith Maskara, CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater New York, said in a release. “We believe every girl deserves the leadership opportunities and friendship only Girl Scouts provides.”