April 18, 2021

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To sell tens of thousands of Girl Scout cookies in just two months is an incredible feat — and one made even more special when it’s done during a pandemic.

Lilly Bumpus, 8, made it her mission to sell as many cookies as she could this season, within the restrictions. She wasn’t able to go door-to-door or set up a table outside of a grocery store, but she could sell online — either dropping off or mailing boxes to customers — and Bumpus was also able to have a booth in the front yard of her San Bernardino, California, home.

“She sold her freaking heart out til the last day of Girl Scout cookie season,” Bumpus’ mom, Trish Bauer, told the San Bernardino Sun. “We boothed 11 hours straight outside our house and sold 500 boxes in one day. It’s Lilly being Lilly. She does not like somebody telling her something is not possible.”

Bumpus is a cancer survivor, and her troop is mostly comprised of other kids who have either battled cancer, are still fighting it, or lost a loved one to the disease. Last week, her fellow scouts showed up at her house to surprise Bumpus, and share some good news: She sold 32,484 boxes of cookies, breaking the record for most boxes sold in a season. About 5,000 of the boxes are being donated to pediatric cancer patients, homeless individuals, and soldiers serving overseas.

“It feels like the world believes in me and it feels really good,” Bumpus told the Sun. “It means so much to me that people are coming to support me by buying cookies.” Catherine Garcia


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