Girl Scouts and United Way Spread Joy to Nonprofits through Cookie Donation

Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma recently donated 18,000 boxes of cookies to United Way of Central Oklahoma to support food pantries and other nonprofit programs throughout the community. The cookies will be distributed to partner agencies of United Way of Central Oklahoma, as well as Canadian and Logan counties to be used in various community programs including feeding programs for individuals experiencing homelessness, child care programs and resource centers for children and families in need.

“With cookie season being cut short this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this was an opportunity to spread some joy and give back to those in our community who need it most,” said Shannon Evers, CEO of Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma. “We know that our fellow United Way partner agencies have gone above and beyond the last few months, responding to increased community needs. We are honored to make this contribution to support the critical work of these nonprofits.”

Of the 72 United Way partner agencies throughout central Oklahoma, Canadian and Logan counties, 42 organizations requested Girl Scout Cookie donations, including Skyline Urban Ministry. The organization’s food resource center continues to serve an influx of clients as a result of the pandemic.

“We are so thankful for this donation from the Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma and to United Way for helping to facilitate it,” said Rev. Deborah Ingraham, Skyline Urban Ministry CEO. “What a wonderful surprise this will be for our patrons.”

United Way of Central Oklahoma is coordinating the distribution of the 18,000 boxes of cookies with the help of corporate partners Chesapeake Energy Corp. and 180 Medical.

“Time and time again, we have seen Oklahomans come together in times of need, and this gift from the Girl Scouts is just one more example,” United Way of Central Oklahoma President and CEO Debby Hampton said. “This donation will put a smile on the faces of so many during these uncertain times.”