As with many things this year, selling homes and cookies is being done differently which is why Homie Arizona has partnered with the Girl Scouts-Cactus Pine Council. Through the philanthropic arm of the company called Homie Helps, a $15,000 donation was made to support cookie sales, foster creativity, engineering, and entrepreneurial skills among the Girl Scouts.

Like Homie, Girl Scouts encourages innovation and finding new ways of doing things. When Girl Scouts were forced to sell cookies differently as a result of safety precautions due to the coronavirus pandemic, they wanted to create something eye-catching and fun. The result – a “cookie castle.”

One local scout, Mija Kaprosy, and her father, are building a 13-foot by 13-foot by 9-foot tall castle mostly out of Girl Scout cookie boxes. This will be the focal point to the Cactus-Pine Council’s cookie selling space located at The Shops at Norterra, 2450 W. Happy Valley Road, beginning on February 7.

“At Homie, we applaud innovation and embrace making smart, creative changes which is why we wanted to support and encourage the Girl Scouts-Cactus Pine Council’s cookie selling efforts this year,” says Joshua Miller, general manager at Homie Arizona. “When we learned they were forced to shift gears we wanted to support the fundraising efforts and life skills by aiding in the building of the cookie castle.”

The annual cookies sale is a major fundraiser for Girl Scouts in Arizona, supporting opportunities for girls to learn, grow, and enjoy new experiences. The Cactus Pine Council’s goal is to sell 2.1 million packages of cookies this year.

“The pandemic has forced us to consider new options for selling cookies this year,” says Tamara Woodbury, CEO of Arizona Cactus-Pine Council. “When Homie stepped in to help promote a new cookie booth location, they provided a unique way to showcase what Girl Scouting is all about – perseverance, creativity, entrepreneurial and teamwork skills. We are excited to debut the cookie castle and hope the community is as impressed and amazed by it as we are.”

The public can purchase cookies and view the cookie castle every Sunday this month beginning on February 7.