By Malika Budd, CNN

The Girl Scouts of Troop 64224 passing out boxes of cookies.

(CNN) — When one troop of Girl Scouts in Iowa was given the goal of selling more than 1,000 boxes of cookies, the girls put on their signature sashes and got to work, flexing their entrepreneurial skills.

As of Feb. 26, the girls in Troop 64224 of Council Bluffs, Iowa, have sold over 5,000 boxes of cookies, shattering its sales goal for the 2021 cookie selling season. And it’s all in spite of one large obstacle.

The girls in the troop live in an emergency homeless shelter known as Micah House.

“You can really see when they’ve got their sash or their vest on there is a sense of pride and belonging to something that is so respected,” Beth Shelton, CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa said. “That’s always sacred and important for kids, but I think particularly during this pandemic.”

They also met another goal of selling to customers in all 50 states, and Washington, DC, Kayla Terrillion, a child program specialist at Micah House, told CNN.

The Girl Scouts of Troop 64224 passing out boxes of cookies to a customer.

Even amid the Covid-19 pandemic, no challenge has proved too big for the troop. In fact, the push to online sales has been a boon for the troop. Terrillion said moving sales primarily online because of the virus helped get the word out for cookie sales. Members of the community — and beyond — have been able to order cookies online and pick them up or have them delivered, helping Troop 64224 reach its goal of selling cookies nationwide.”Having everything on social media this year is completely different, especially for the girls,” Terrillion with Micah House said.

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