Submitted Girl Scout Troop 2030 sells 45 boxes of cookies to Macon Bank & Trust Executive VP Jeff Keisling on Feb. 23. Pictured (front row, from left): Marina Wiltshire, Ziva Scruggs, Paisley Scruggs, Hailynn Wheeler, Mia Cross, Ava Newberry, (back row) Troop Leader Rebekah Newberry, and Macon Bank & Trust Executive Vice President Jeff Keisling.

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Girl Scout Troop 2030 sells 45 boxes of cookies to Macon Bank & Trust Executive VP Jeff Keisling on Feb. 23.

Pictured (front row, from left): Marina Wiltshire, Ziva Scruggs, Paisley Scruggs, Hailynn Wheeler, Mia Cross, Ava Newberry, (back row) Troop Leader Rebekah Newberry, and Macon Bank & Trust Executive Vice President Jeff Keisling.

The members of Girl Scout Troop 2030 were working against heavy rains during cookie selling season, but they met their goal when Macon Bank & Trust Executive Vice President Jeff Keisling bought their last 45 boxes on Feb. 23.

"I was ecstatic and almost emotional," Troop Leader Rebekah Newberry said. "We'd missed our fall fundraiser because we didn't start having regular meetings until the end of October, so we were depending on cookie sales. The girls were jumping up and down."

Keisling also donated the cookies themselves back to the troop to be taken to area nursing homes, a trip they plan to take during an upcoming meeting.

"They were having a harder time selling with the weather being a little rough, and I wanted to help them out," Keisling said. "There used to be a slogan ... 'You can't say no to the Girl Scouts.' If they're working hard, I'll come help them out at the end."

Newberry has arranged for the troop to drop of cookies at Knollwood Manor and has been in contact with Stonecrest Assisted Living as well. She hopes for the girls to be able to personally deliver the cookies on at least one stop.

"They seemed pretty happy to sell the rest of the cookies, and I'm sure that will be a great project for them to take on," Keisling said. "Certainly, I don't need to eat that many. They sell a gluten-free one now that people in my family would definitely appreciate though."

The Girl Scouts set up at Macon Bank & Trust to sell cookies every year, and the eight kindergartners and first-graders of Troop 2030 had their first experience of doing so this year.

"Typically, we decide if we want to do our camping trips, museum trips or other badge activities (with the money from selling cookies)," Newberry said. "Samoas are definitely our most popular."

With their cookie sales finished, the troop is returning its focus to their weekly meetings and earning badges.

"We meet every week, and I'm trying to catch the girls up on earning their badges," Newberry said. "They also learn life skills and morals, and right now, we've been talking about how to handle money."

With Keisling's order alone accounting for $159.50, cookie season marks the perfect time for the troop to learn about money management.

Those with daughters interested in joining the troop can contact Newberry at rebekah0709@gmail.com.

"It's a good feeling knowing that somebody's going to get those cookies that may have a need for some extra food," Newberry said. "We're happy to have the opportunity to do that for them."