SAN ANTONIO -- An anonymous donor has purchased 49 cases of Girl Scout cookies from a San Antonio troop on the verge of being stuck with a $2,147 bill.
The donor stepped up within 24 hours of a KENS 5 report on Troop 1497's cookie order mix-up.
“In the past 36 hours, we have received hundreds of calls from individuals looking to support our girls and the essential skills they learn through the Girl Scout Cookie Program,” according to an email from Stephanie Finleon, chief development and communications officer for Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas. “We are grateful to this generous donor for their compassion. The troop is elated.”
The new troop had accidentally placed an order for 500 cases of cookies when they really only wanted 500 boxes -- with 12 boxes per case, that's a difference of 5,500 boxes.
The troop of five girls sold cookies like crazy and was able to give 200 cases to other San Antonio troops. However, they still had 49 cases left unsold.
The troop received a letter this week from the Girl Scouts organization saying they had until June 3 to pay or else the remaining debt -- $2,147 -- would be passed on to a collection agency.
According to the press release, the remaining 588 boxes of cookies will be donated to the Greater Randolf Area Services Program food bank.