Girl Scout donates cookies to women’s shelter

Ellie, a Girl Scout, donates cookies to the Samaritan House Women's Shelter in northeast Denver.

Six-year-old Ellie brought a special delivery to the Samaritan House Women’s Shelter: 48 boxes of Girl Scout cookies.

“Everybody loves cookies,” said Mike Sinnett, vice president of shelter and community, to Ellie and her family. “You’re going to be the reason someone smiles today.”

Ellie, a Daisy in the Girl Scouts, gave boxes of delicious Samoas, chocolaty Thin Mints, and lemon-flavored Savannah Smiles among others to the emergency and transitional shelter in northeast Denver that serves single women experiencing homelessness. More than 150 women staying each night at the shelter will receive the cookies.

“The more you give, the more you get back,” shared her mother, Erin, about what they learned from the experience. Ellie’s father, Justin, and brother, Owen, and grandfather helped her carry in the donated boxes, made possible by the family business Marshall-Rodeno Associated in Denver.

The family took a tour of the shelter and learned about its mission to restore the dignity of the women seeking refuge.

“We want to restore the dignity of the women who are in this environment,” Mike said.

Brian Rodeno of Marshall-Rodeno Associated said, “I’m so happy to see this side of the shelter being utilized. It brings me hope.”

Since September 2017, the shelter opened its doors to single women bussed from downtown Denver. An average of 170 have stayed each night in the emergency shelter or the month-long transitional program, equipped to provide them safety, warm beds and support as they seek rebuild their lives.

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