This Post Empowers Women (and How You Can Help)

Dear THQ Family,
I have great news. It’s Girl Scout cookie time, and now you can order your cookies online. That means you can support your favorite girl scouts directly (obviously mine) from anywhere in the U.S. Cookies will be shipped to your door, and your purchase earns money for my daughters and their troops, allowing them to participate in educational programming and community-driven action.
Below you will find links to my daughters’ shops. Please know that you can order cookies as gifts or donate them to Operation Cookie Drop and it still benefits the girls and their troops. Also, their pages are in their own words and super cute.
Me with my girls, Violet (L) and River (R). Image by
Both girls have their own hopes regarding what they will do with their cookie money. I love that they both want to give back to their communities. In my Daisy troop, which River is part of, community service is our main focus, but since it’s our first year as a troop, we don’t have much money to work with in order to, say, make kits for the homeless.
Yes, we can get donations, but some things need to be purchased new, and there are troop snacks, registrations and various other expenses such as summer camps associated with having an educational and empowering Girl Scout experience.
Violet’s Store
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We hope you’ll share their stores with your friends! You never know who needs a nosh or wants to support U.S. troops. U.S. shipping only.
Thank you for your cookie love!
Shawna, Violet and River
Shawna Ayoub

Shawna Ayoub is an essayist, fiction writer, poet and instructor with an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Some of her work has been published in The Manifest-Station, Role Reboot, [wherever], The Huffington Post, The Oxford Review and Exit 7. Her writing explores the intersections of race, place and survivorship. She writes with honesty about her own experience in order to transform pain.

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