Girl Scouts in central Indiana are currently selling Girl Scout Cookies as part of the largest entrepreneurship program for girls in the country. Girls are learning to run their own business, with an innovative twist.

New this year, local Girl Scouts may choose to provide shoes to children in Kenya. Girls can choose the shoe donation in place of a reward item that they may have earned for themselves, such as a plush animal, sleeping bag or theme park tickets. This new philanthropy opportunity, which girls may earn as a result of selling cookies, is one of the first of its kind across the country.

Thanks to a collaboration with The Shoe That Grows, a nonprofit, philanthropic organization with a mission of giving life-changing shoes to incredible kids, Girl Scouts are making the world a better place, one shoe at a time. The donated shoes will have a greater impact than ordinary shoes because they expand five sizes and can last for years.

The innovative shoes are made in Kenya, providing needed employment opportunities to those living in the area, thus contributing to the economic development of the region. The shoes will be donated to the Hope School, which is located outside of several small villages in Northern Kenya. This donation will bring shoes to the 120 children who walk roughly 5 miles to and from school.

And it’s all made possible by each and every box of cookies sold.

Visit girlscoutsindiana.org to learn more about the ways Girl Scouts contribute, locally and globally, to their communities.

Danielle Shockey, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana

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