"Cookie-ing it Forward" with Girl Scout cookies

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We've all heard about paying it forward, doing something nice for an unsuspecting person.

Here at KLEW we've reported about people paying it forward with money and coffee, but how about Girl Scout cookies!

Greg Argos brings us this story.

When Girl Scout, Lauren Lindsay sells cookies in front of the Willow Grove Walmart, she has a go-to question she's asks most potential customers.

"I say would you like to buy some Girl Scout cookies," said Lindsay. "They either say yes or no."

But James Chapman had a response that completely caught her off guard.

"We were just casually selling Girl Scout cookies, and a man walked up to us," said Lindsay.

"Here's a hundred bucks," said customer James Chapman.

"And he said to give away the next 25 boxes," said Lindsay.

"As I'm handing her the hundred bucks, she's like seriously," said Chapman. "I'm like seriously. See ya."

James went into the Walmart, but left behind a chain reaction, with some accepting the free cookies and making even more donations.

"It made me feel really excited and happy," said Lindsay. "It helped me reach my goal of three hundred boxes."

Others thinking it was all a joke

"Some people actually said no," said Lindsay. "They thought it was some kind of mind trick."

But one five-year old boy offered the last of the 25 boxes James donated left another impression on Lauren, pulling a single dollar bill from his pocket he'd been saving and handing it over to her.

"It makes me feel good," said Lindsay.

"That is so cool," said Chapman. "I would love to meet that little kid."

"When you do something like that, it just, the ripple effect is awesome," said Chapman.

The Girl Scouts of Eastern PA released a statement which read in part, "We cannot thank this customer enough for setting a great example and sparking a chain of kindness. This amazing story just goes to show that Girl Scout cookies are about so much more than what's inside the box."

Both Lauren and James agree and hope this act of kindness sparks others throughout the area, and now maybe even our area.

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