TTUHSC El Paso, Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest distribute cookies to local health care professionals

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso and Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest teamed up to distribute Girl Scout cookies to local hospitals, the TTUHSC El Paso campus and Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso clinics to give back to the community and share a surplus of cookies.

Every year, the Girl Scout Cookie Program gives girls the opportunity to be self-sustaining while earning funds to cover Girl Scouting activities.

It is the largest female entrepreneurship program in the world and teaches Girl Scouts the five essential business skills, including money management, decision making, goal setting, business ethics, and people skills.

Recently, local shelter-in-place orders have forced Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest to prematurely stop in-person cookie sales throughout Southern New Mexico, El Paso and West Texas, leaving 72,000 boxes of cookies unsold.

Supporters of Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest have purchased cases of cookies and donated them back to the council for distribution to the military, hospitals, fire stations, police stations, EMTs and senior centers.

“Girl Scouts across our country are helping make a difference from the safety of their homes. They are making cards for senior centers, donating food to food pantries, staying in contact through virtual means with friends, family and others who need encouragement, and also donating cookies to first responders, essential workers and food banks,” said Patty Craven, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest.

“Our council is currently donating over 14,000 packages of cookies. Girls want to make sure they help give a treat to all of these deserving people and hope it puts a smile on their faces.”

In partnership with TTUHSC El Paso, cookies were delivered to El Paso Children’s Hospital, University Medical Center of El Paso, the TTUHSC El Paso campus, Texas Tech Police Department, and Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso clinics.

The delivery of 300 cases of cookies were made by TTUHSC El Paso’s President’s Development Council member Bruce Gulbas, his wife Jackie Gulbas, and TTUHSC El Paso Associate Vice Chancellor of Institutional Advancement Andrea Tawney, Ph.D.

Photos courtesy TTUHSC El Paso