FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFTT) - COVID-19 made this year difficult for the Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana Michiana.
CEO Sharon Pohly says, "We had to cancel our summer camps because of the COVID-19 pandemic."
They also shortened their cookie sale by two weeks, cutting into their finances that pay for the scouts' programs, financial aid, uniforms, and anything else they need throughout the year.
With Governor Eric Holcomb's plan to re-open the state of Indiana, local organizations will open their doors again, too.
Do It Best, a local hardware corporation, sponsored 900 boxes of cookies from the Girl Scouts since they'd experienced a rough time with the pandemic.
Do It Best Communications Director Randy Rusk says, "we were looking to help kids, and we thought this was also a fun way to help pay it forward."
Rusk says the company was looking for ways to welcome their employees back from the COVID-19 shutdown with a treat, so Girl Scout cookies fit the bill.
Half of the boxes went to Do It Best employees, but the other 450 went to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana as a donation from the company.
An effort the Girl Scouts appreciate since it's helped them get back on track, and make a good impact on their community.
Girl Scouts' Chief Officer for Fund Development and Marketing, Tammy Oakes, says, "We've done what we can to not cancel Girl Scouting. It is so important to our members. To make an impact. To do the good work that they do."
For more information on how you can get involved in the Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana Michiana cookie sponsorship, click here.