We all know the girl scouts for their cookies so one little girl decided they’d be the right treat to lift the spirits of our local first responders.
They call her the cookie queen. Nine-year-old girl scout Mary Ruiz is big on sales, and she’s also big on giving. Mary gathered enough donations to surprise local cops with a sweet gift of girl scout cookies.
“When we were choosing our gift of caring I chose police officers to say thank you for keeping us safe,” says Ruiz.
Throughout the year, Mary asked cookie customers to pitch in a little extra. She wound up with more than 500 donated boxes of treats for police.
“It’s an excellent example of young ladies that are being taught and encouraged to engage in public service,” says Tucson Police Capt. John Stamatopoulas.
Mary has been making the delicious deliveries for several years now.
“I think it’s important because they put their lives on the line,” says Ruiz.
Officers presented the pastry princess with a coin to commemorate her good works.
“Public servants around the world exchange challenge coins as a gift to each other and a sign of comraderie,” says Stamatopoulas
Mary says she plans to continue giving to first responders for years to come. She also has other scheduled deliveries this month to other local police departments and fire departments.