More than 3,000 boxes of cookies. That’s how many Girl Scouts in Billings sold on Saturday to honor their scout sister Chloe Lai, who died from influenza in February.
Girl Scout troop 2435 sold cookies at the four MasterLube stores in Billings.
Chloe Lai was a troop member and a fourth grader at St. Francis Catholic School.
Chloe’s goal the last three years was to sell 3,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies.
The girls are helped Chloe’s parents, who wanted to reach that goal for Chloe.
"Chloe took everything to heart, everyone, everything,” said Kymmy Degele, a Girl Scout in Troop 2435. “She was a very sweet person and she will always be in everyone’s heart. We just want everyone to know that Chloe, if she didn’t even know you, she would become your best friend. She was just that sweet."
"One of the Girl Scout’s mottos is be a sister to every Girl Scout,” said Elizabeth Camp, co-leader for Troop 2435. “They are definitely learning that through this whole process. And Chloe was definitely a sister to every Girl Scout."
"When I presented the idea to the moms in our troop, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room,” said Tami Degele, also a co-leader for Troop 2435. ‘Everybody was on board. Everybody has put something forward to make this happen."
Tami Degele says many from around the country donated on the Girls Scouts of Montana and Wyoming website.
She said the total sold was 3,194 on Saturday night, but the girl scouts are still counting and she expects the number to be even bigger.