Under gray skies on Wednesday morning Goodwill of NC and the Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont cut the ribbon on Winston-Salem’s first Girl Scout store.
Located in the Goodwill store on the corner of University Parkway and Coliseum, the new location is a first ever partnering of the two organizations on a project of this nature. As Goodwill’s John Cunningham said in his opening remarks, “There has never been a collaboration like this.”
Girls Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont CEO Marcia Cole told Camel City Dispatch, “This is our 12th year of partnering. We have always had a full event where girls bring in clothes for a patch once a year.” This past year the Girl Scouts brought two tons of clothes for Goodwill. Out of the 40 counties that Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont covers, the highest numbers of young women participating are in Forsyth and Guilford counties. Until today those girls and their parents had to order on line or drive to another location to get their gear. When Mrs. Cole and the Girl Scouts began to look into opening a store in Forsyth or Guilford counties they knew it would be an experiment and possibly an uphill climb. “Everyone wanted us to sign a 3 month lease.” Cole said explaining why she finally thought of partnering with Goodwill. Now thanks to the collaboration, young women and their parents can fill their Scouting needs in Winston-Salem. “My daughter went through the Girl Scout program,” Mrs. Cole said, “I never went to the Girl Scout store because it was too far away and that always kind of bothered me.”
The new Girl Scout store was built into extra space in the Goodwill store that had been part of their book store previously. At the store young ladies and their parents can purchase uniforms, guide books, manuals, and even Girl Scouts schwag like earrings and post-it notes. Many in the community will be happy to hear that the beloved Girl Scout cookies will be on sale there during the traditional Girl Scout cookie drives. There will now be a place where cookie fans will be guaranteed to find all of the Thin Mints, Samoas, and the new Mango Crème cookies they want. Parents can also stop by to sign their girls up for the Scouts as one parent did on Wednesday morning after the ribbon cutting.
A Girl Scout honor guard began the short ceremony by leading the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance, after which John Cunningham and Marcia Cole spoke before the gigantic scissors were brought out to cut the ribbon. Bright, shining faces served coffee, cookies (including a taste preview of the new Mango Crème cookies for those who came to this morning’s event) and smiles to everyone who got up early and came out to the celebration of the power of young women, the power of community partnerships… and the power of Thin Mint cookies.