During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois has committed to donating Girl Scout cookies to essential workers. The organization has consistently thanked workers for their service while treating them to a box of cookies.
Recently, local truck drivers received a customized cookie donation because of their ability to report and prevent human trafficking.
Knowing the ongoing prevalence of human trafficking, GSNI chose this time to spotlight these violent crimes. U.S. highways are often used for these heartbreaking purposes. In fact, Illinois ranks eighth in the nation for human trafficking occurrences.
In 2019, GSNI committed to fight against human trafficking and has received funding to work with local experts to develop and deliver programming around human trafficking awareness and prevention to middle school Girl Scouts across northern Illinois. These cookie donations are an additional way to raise a greater awareness of human trafficking happening on our nation’s highways.
Before distribution, GSNI staff and volunteers placed labels on each box of Girl Scout cookies to be donated to truckers stating:
“Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois thanks the trucking community for keeping the USA moving during this pandemic. Like you, Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is concerned about girls being trafficked. If you see anything that concerns you, please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text them at 233733. If you see an incident of Human Trafficking, involving a minor/child, please call The National Missing and Exploited Children’s Network at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678). If you SEE something, SAY something. You could be saving someone’s life. Thank you again for all you do!”
GSNI donated these specially labeled cases of Girl Scout cookies to gas stations, including Transport for Christ Mobil Chapel Rochelle and Road Ranger Truck Stop in Rochelle, Illinois. These stations are visible off the main highways of northern Illinois and provide an opportunity for truckers to be on guard to report and prevent human trafficking.
Truck drivers are on the front lines of seeing incidences of human trafficking and have the power to make an impact and save lives. GSNI was proud to provide truckers with the tools to report human trafficking if they witness it.