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She spent $600 to treat strangers in her neighborhood. 

Elisabeth Sherman
March 19, 2018

When most people arrive at the table selling Girl Scout cookies in front of their local grocery store, they are probably intending to stock up for themselves. Maybe they'll hide a couple boxes in a desk drawer at work or in the closet at home, where the kids can’t find them. Not so for one Seattle woman who decided that she actually wanted to spread the love, rather than hoard it.

According to Kiro 7, the woman arrived at a Grocery Outlet in the Madrona neighborhood of Seattle, where she approached the Girl Scouts working at their booth, Norah Wall and Ruthie Bridgman, with an unusual request. 

“I remember this lady coming up and she was like, ‘Hey, if I buy all these cookies, will you hand them out to everyone that comes out of the store?’” Ruthie told the local news station. “And we were like, ‘Yeah, I guess.’"

The girls couldn’t believe it—the woman spent around $600 at their table, a sizeable donation to their Girl Scout troop, and then, like a Spring-time Santa Claus, had Ruthie and Norah hand them out to people walking in and out of the grocery store.

The Girl Scouts say that they actually had trouble giving away the boxes because most people were too shocked to believe they could actually be free—and who can blame them? Free boxes of Girl Scout cookies just seems too good to be true, but thanks to that mystery woman, for one brief, shining moment, free cookies for all became a reality.

And that's not even the end of the story.

The streak of generosity continued inside the grocery store, where a cashier said a woman in her check out line paid for the groceries of all the people behind and in front of her. No word on if it was the same woman who bought the Girl Scout cookies as she was not identified, but either way, there was certainly kindness in the air in Seattle over the weekend.