Milk and Bookies

This week ended with a Girl Scout meeting on Friday evening where my coleader organized and led a take action project for the girls. Part of her group’s requirements for earning a journey bagde was to choose a community service project related to books. So they chose to gather and donate used books to a local nonprofit called Books on Wheels. This organization distributes books to those who are in need in addition to fixing bikes for free.

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The event was called Milk and Bookies. After the girls finished filling out and adhering the book plates to the books, they were treated to milk and homemade cookies. Needless to say, that meeting was a hit.

Speaking of cookies, yesterday was probably our final cookie booth sale. We set up shop at the testing for the Qur’an competition. We did get some sales, but we for some reason, we didn’t get near the amount of business that we did at the grocery store. My husband and my coleader’s husband were also there trying to solicit the brothers’ support outside. Maybe immigrants don’t know what Girl Scout cookies are all about. I really don’t know and am unsure why we don’t get much support from our own community.

We did sell out of the most popular cookie(Thin Mints)but do have a bunch of the peanut butter cookies left. That means we just have to try to take the boxes and sell them individually as we are still responsible for paying the Girl Scout council for them regardless whether they are sold or not.

3 responses to “Milk and Bookies

  1. Assalamualaykum,
    Maybe the Muslims don’t know what the money raised will be used for or they have other causes which they send all their sadaqah to, such as to relieve poverty in their home countries.
    I don’t know, I’m just guessing.

  2. anonymousmuslimah

    Assalamo alaikum,

    MashaAllah the girl scouts seems like a full time job for you!

    How much do the cookies cost? Something like this I imagine people buy for the sake of supporting the girl scouts, rather than value for money? I would second Umm Rashid’s guess, perhaps if people had $5 for sadaqah they might see that alternative charities are more “worthy” IYKWIM?

    I remember when I was in Girls Brigade and we had to do fundraisers the parents were expected to provide most of the funds if the local public didn’t cough up.

    • Wa alaikum as salaam,

      Being a leader is a huge job but the other sister and I split up the work. We also had a cookie mom this year that deals with collecting cookie money. If all the mothers just did a little bit, it was take a bit of pressure off us.

      It is something I enjoy though so I really don’t mind putting in the time. I have a huge investment in this endeavour (5 girls). Plus we have nothing else for the Muslim girls in our community. I think we don’t get the support because we are all about empowering the girls. I don’t think the community for the most part sees it was necessary. I have attempted to organize and lead many programs over the years related to mothers, children, education, etc. They have all failed. Allah knows best. It is what it is.

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