Skip to comments.‘Cookies for Life’: 10-year-old ex-Girl Scout raises thousands for pro-life with home-baked cookies
Posted on 03/01/2012 2:23:39 PM PST by Morgana
BOISE, Idaho, March 1, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) When Grace Swanke, 10, found out that Girl Scouts is entangled with Planned Parenthood, not only did she decide to quit her troop, but as someone who loved to sell cookies, she decided to make and sell her own brand of cookie, but with a pro-life twist.
The thing I enjoyed most about the girl scouts was selling cookies, and then I realized I could still sell cookies, I just had to bake them myself, Grace told LifeSiteNews.
Several years ago, a significant number of Girl Scout councils nationwide admitted to partnering with Planned Parenthood (PP). When questioned about the affiliation on NBCs Today Show, former Girl Scout CEO Kathy Cloninger admitted that Girl Scout Troops and Councils partnered with Planned Parenthood to provide good and information-based sex education. She never retracted this statement.
As recently as 2010, Girl Scouts was caught distributing an explicit PP sex guide at a Girl Scouts UN meeting. They also recently welcomed into their ranks boys who identify themselves as girls.
At first young Grace was going to call her project Graces Cookies, but when she decided that all money raised would go to fund an ultrasound machine for the local pro-life clinic, she knew she had to change the name. Thats when Cookies for Life was born.
I find that what is so great about being pro-life is donating money to pro-life charities so women can see life. When women see life, women choose life, said Grace.
The young entrepreneur started her project last year with a number of baking sessions and raised almost $600 to benefit a Knights of Columbus ultrasound machine project in her area. Now on her second year of baking, Grace plans to aid the Stanton Healthcare Center, a medical pro-life womens centre in Boise, by helping them to pay for their new location, right next door to Planned Parenthood. Her goal of raising $700 has already been surpassed by $900, for a total of $1600.
Cindy Anderson, youth minister at Our Lady of the Rosary and friend of Grace, told LifeSiteNews that she is so proud of Grace and that the young girl is so totally an inspiration. With Andersons help this year, Grace was able to make use of the Churchs facilities to make even more cookies.
Grace is thrilled that she is able to sell cookies again and even more thrilled that this money is going to help save babies. Her face just lights up when you talk with her about it. You cant help but to get involved because she is so excited about it, said Anderson.
Word of Graces tasty cookies and pro-life convictions have begun to spread far and wide. Organizers for the upcoming Idaho Catholic Youth Convention have asked her to bake 2,800 cookies for the 1400 young people that are expected to attend the event and to share her convictions as a speaker at the conference. The money raised from this will also benefit the pro-life clinic.
Graces parents, Mary and John Swanke, believe that the Cookies for Life project has taken off because family, friends, and the local community have come together for a cause that everyone believes in and can get excited about.
Words cannot say enough to thank everyone for all of their hard work! God is good, ALL THE TIME! wrote Mrs. Swanke on the Cookies for Life Facebook page after a recent successful baking campaign.
As people have often heard Grace exclaim as she bakes and sells her cookies: All it takes is a little yes to God and amazing things can happen.
Good for her!! AND HER PARENTS!!
This & Sheriff Joe made it an uplifting day.
Now how can FReepers acquire these Cookies For Life?
Good for her, and may God bless her!
“Righteousness exalteth a nation!”
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,....” (Psalm 33:12a)
“By mercy and truth iniquities is purged, and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.” (Proverbs 16:6)
Prayer: “May our God put a shield of protection over and around this little girl.”
”Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves;
ensure justice for those being crushed.” -Proverbs 31:8
I’m in agreement with your prayer.
Great story! Take THAT GSA!
God love her! I would love to acquire some of her cookies!
I'm certain there are numerous 'violations' they'll find to justify their actions.
Thank you. I needed something like this today.
I’d buy cookies from this young lady any time... And gladly pay (ridiculous) Girl Scout prices for them!
Good for her!! I refuse to buy girl scout cookies anymore. I hope they see a big drop in their sales this year.
Bless her. May the ultrasound machines convince many women to not abort their babies.
Cindy Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org