SAN ANTONIO An anonymous donor has come to the rescue of a San Antonio Girl Scout Troop stuck with a $2,100 debt.

Troop 1497 s rookie leader accidentally ordered 500 cases of Girl Scout cookies, instead of 500 boxes. No one caught the mistake, leaving fivegirls with the seeminglyimpossible task of selling 6,000 boxes of cookies, or 1,200 each.

Other troops stepped up to take 200 cases off their hands.Troop 1497 managed to sell 251 cases by Wednesday.

But in a terse letter, the national Girl Scout organization warned Troop 1497 they had to cough up $2,100 for the other 300 cases by June 3. Otherwise, the debt will be handed over to a collection agency.

The troop leader resigned and two members dropped out because of the cookie mix-up.

After news reports about their dilemma, offers of help poured in and one donor agreed to pay for the remaining 49 cases.

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, said 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 remaining Girl Scout cookies will be donated to a San Antonio food bank, which offers emergency assistance to individuals and families in Bexar and Guadalupe counties.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the country, generating nearly $800 million annually. The program teaches five life skills necessary for future entrepreneurial success: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

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