The Redding community steps up to help a girl scout after she lost several boxes of cookies out of the back of a pickup truck.
Zoe McFarland’s goal is to sell 3,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies.
It's an ambitious goal, but she has her eyes on a specific prize.
“Swimming with dolphins,” Zoe said. “And so that's what I want to do. And a lot of other Girl Scouts in my troop have a lot of high expectations on selling. So I want to be the top seller.”
But they discovered the cookies were gone, she and her mother worried they wouldn't reach their goal.
“The cookies had all fallen out,” Zoes mom Shawn McFarland said. “And by the time we could drive safely to turn around and come back for it, they were gone.”
All that was left were two squished boxes of Thin Mint cookies.
“I just prayed that it was only the two crushed Thin Mint boxes on the road,” Zoe said.
But all in all, they lost six cases with an estimated dollar value of about $350.
So Shawn shared the story on social media hoping who ever took the cookies would see the post and do the right thing.
“So I took to Facebook asking for the cookies back,” she said. “But the response I got from the community was so much bigger than my expectation.”
Soon after, she had more than 150 messages from people wanting to donate money to help replace the cookies.
“I thought they were really nice,” Zoe said. “And actually a lot of them came to the next booth I had and donated a lot of money and bought a few boxes.”
Community organization Shasta Support Service offered to help.
And local business Tugwell Roofing even offered to cover the entire loss.
The local Girl Scouts council ultimately made a special exception and replaced the lost cookies, but that wasn't before the outpour of support that Shawn said was so touching.
“This is small potatoes,” she said. “But people were moved and motivated with love in their hearts. And it's just, I'm amazed.”
Because the Girl Scouts council replaced the cookies, the money Zoe received was used to buy more cookies that were then donated to the local food bank.
If you'd like to support your local Girl Scouts troop, you can log onto ilovecookies.org to see where they'll be selling cookies in your area.
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