"I have a great math teacher, so I gave my box of cookies to him"

Being kind is a powerful thing. It is the look of astonishment and gratitude that you see in a person’s eyes or it is the satisfaction you feel in giving an anonymous gift. It makes you feel like you are making a difference in the world. The girls of Cadette Girl Scout Troop 3573 recently were able to feel that power. Their troop gave them each a box of Thin Mint cookies. The girls’ mission, which they chose to accept, was to give them away. Now this isn’t as easy as it might sound.

There were rules. Just what every sixth or seventh grade girl wants to hear, am I right? Like it or not, the girls couldn’t give their box as a gift to a friend or a family member. Bummer. The box was also not supposed to be a “hot potato” meaning something that they had to get rid of quickly. Double bummer. This was community service on a very personal level.

They had two weeks to look for an opportunity to be kind to someone that they either knew or that didn’t know. They needed to give it to someone who wouldn’t be expecting a gesture of kindness and they couldn’t accept anything in return.

Below are some of their experiences.
“No one really likes substitute teachers so I gave my box of cookies to our substitute teacher.” Micaiah S.
“I gave my box of cookies to my house cleaner. I don’t know her well and thought that she and her family would enjoy them.” Jane K.
“I choose to give the box to my mailman because my dog has scared him and he has to deliver the mail no matter what.” Fiona S.
“A boy was sitting alone on the bus because his friends ditched him. He looked sad. To cheer him up I gave him the box of cookies.” Aspen R.
“I’m going to give my box of cookies to a girl that walks her dog past my house every day at 5 p.m. She just seems nice.” Lily L.
“I left my box of cookies in our milk box for our milkman. He has to work in the dark so I wanted to give him a treat.” Fiona G.
“I gave my box to a girl at school that helps me with guitar at lunch. She doesn’t have to help, but she does.” Hayley R.
“I live close to a fire station. I knocked on the door and gave the cookies to the fireman that answered. He didn’t really know what to say, so I just said ‘Thank you’ and left.” Ellie W.
“At school and I saw a boy who used to be my neighbor sitting by himself. I gave him the cookies and he just put them in his backpack. That’s okay because I know he liked them.” Waverly R.
“I gave my box to a boy I see every day waiting at a bus stop. I thought he could use a picker upper.” Morgan W.
“I have a great math teacher so I gave my box of cookies to him.” Piper M.