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Girl Scouts get relief loan for lost cookie sales

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..fears about girls getting sick cut the six-week season in half. Now, the Anchorage-based group, one of two councils in the state, is sitting on about 144,000 unsold boxes, she said.

As a result, Samoas, S’mores and Tagalongs have filled up living rooms and garages across the council’s sprawling region in southern Alaska, Leslie Ridle, head of the Girl Scouts of Alaska said.

“I’m hearing from lots of families: ‘When am I getting these out of my living rooms?’” Ridle said.

The halted sales pinched the cash that pays for nearly everything the council does in Alaska. That includes camps and scholarships for 3,500 girls and wages for 20 full-time employees.

But as Ridle weighed where to cut, First National Bank Alaska notified the council that it got a federal Paycheck Protection Program loan, she said.



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