In the middle of a crazed country caught up the throes of political vehemence and one-upmanship, it takes only a small voice to grab our attention and bring us back down to earth. If you need a little pick-me-up as temporary shelter, I’d like to introduce you to Stormi.
Stormi is a beautiful, nine year old transgender Girl Scout who, like all Girl Scouts, wants to help her troop sell cookies. So, like those who came before her, Stormi went door to door with her list of yummies; “I like to sell cookies because it’s very nice to sell cookies. Cookies make people smile.” Indeed they do (especially those Thin Mints and Samoas). Unfortunately, there are still a few nasty buggers out in the wild, and one of them lives in Stormi’s neighborhood. Turning her away, said neighbor told her, “Nobody wants to buy cookies from a boy in a dress.”
Stormi is much more mature about handling these sorts of things than me, so even though she felt “sad…because I’m a girl,” Stormi decided to show that bugger just how many cookies she could sell. Discussing her feelings with foster mother, Kim — “Why am I just not good enough?” — Stormi and mom decided to sell the cookies online, with the option for Stormi to deliver them in person. And what do you know, she she sold over 3,000 boxes of cookies. Not only that, but as word of her negative experience with the neighbor spread, a few kindly people stepped in to help. NYC based improvers, Lauren Brickman & Caitlin Foye offered free tickets to their show to people who ordered from Stormi’s site, and a California musical organization offered ticket buyers a bonus box of cookies to help sales, or if they so chose, to support Stormi’s personal cause:
“My troop plans to use the money to help us go on trips. I have my own plans as well. At my request my family will donate boxes to local foster kids like me!”
The outpouring of support and notes from people have cheered Stormi, “I have learned that even though people can be mean I shouldn’t give up…I want kids like me to know they are perfect just the way they are,” and her foster mom: “This is something I have been trying to instill in her for years…How worthy she is; who she is is okay. For her to be able to read all these messages that people are sending from around the world to support her, the love is just overwhelming.”
A spokesman for Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois was likewise impressed with Stormi, saying “She decided to donate boxes to something close to her heart — which is foster care. She took something that wasn’t so pleasant and she turned it into a positive experience.”
GSA supports all girls.