MICAH House Troop Raising Funds and Growing Their Skills at Drive-Up Cookie Booths

MICAH House Drive-UP Booth 2019

In case you missed the big news – Girl Scout cookie season kicked off in GSGI on February 1! Whether you’re a Thin Mint pro or prefer to dabble in a variety, the cookies are out there and ready for purchase. Troops across the state have been posted up at booths, walking door to door, and calling their friends and family all month long, learning essential business skills that will last long after they sell their last box. 
MICAH House Troop 64224 is no exception. We first shared the story of Troop 64224 back in April 2018. The troop is made up of current and past girls that have spent time at the MICAH House, an emergency homeless shelter that serves families in Southwest Iowa and the Omaha-Metro area.
In their second cookie season, Troop 64224 supports six girls ages 5 and up. With transportation limits and barriers, the troop set up “drive up cookie booths” at the shelter. Individuals from the community are invited to visit the shelter four times throughout the season to purchase cookies from the troop.

Kayla Terrillion, Child Program Specialist at the MICAH House said, “We have this nice big van that we go pick up donations with and we thought, why not fill it up with cookies, and sell from that.”
And that’s exactly what they do. Despite the bitter temperatures and cold the day of their first booth, the troop was able to raise over $300 – nearly 100 packages of cookies sold!
“They had a lot of fun – they pretty much got to do most of it from selling the cookies to bagging the cookies to restock. They were jumping back and forth in and out of the van,” Kayla says.
All the money earned from the cookie booths will go towards program supplies for the remainder of the Girl Scout year. Last year, the troop made dog toys and donated them to the local humane society.
Kayla says Troop 64224 gives the girls a chance at normalcy –the opportunity to do the things their friends are doing that they normally wouldn’t be able to do. Selling cookies teaches the girls valuable life skills like interacting with people and working with money – skills they don’t necessarily get to practice all of the time.
“My girls will tell you that they love it because they get to hang out with their friends and do lots of different projects," Kayla says. "They just love it."
To support Girl Scouts at booths near you, check out the Cookie Finder.