"Our girls will remember this for the rest of their lives," says Kayla Dillard, the cookie manager for Troop 1574.

By Rebecca Macatee
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Updated February 26, 2019

The mystery Girl Scout cookie purchaser has since been identified as Detric McGowan and arrested by the DEA on a list of drug charges. 

According to a statement released by Karen Kelly, the vice president of recruiting and marketing for Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands, none of the Girl Scouts involved were hurt or threatened during their exchange with McGowan. 

"We had no reason to believe that this man was anything other than one of our valuable customers that is helping Girl Scouts power awesome experiences through the Girl Scout Cookie Program," she said. "This is now in the hands of law enforcement and of course we will cooperate with authorities."

Original report: February 26, 2019

A troop of Girl Scouts in Greenville, South Carolina had the good fortune of crossing paths with an extremely generous stranger Friday night. This man bought the entire stash of Girl Scouts cookies for $540—all so the kids could get out of the cold.

Kayla Dillard, the cookie manager for Troop 1574, took a photo of the kind gentleman alongside two very grateful Girl Scouts. She posted the picture to Facebook later that evening, and it's now been shared more than 9,000 times.

Dillard doesn't know this "Girl Scout cookie angel's" name, but she'll never forget what he did. And as Dillard told Parents.com, "Our girls will remember this for the rest of their lives."

It all started as a pretty ordinary Friday night of selling Girl Scout cookies outside of a Bi-Lo grocery store. "We had sold about 100 packs of cookies or so before the stranger walked up," said Dillard. "He came out of the store and got seven packs of cookies, which was $28. He gave the girls $40 and told them to keep the change."

But the man's generosity went far beyond a $12 tip. According to Dillard, "He then pulled his car back up to the booth and said he saw one of the girls shivering and for us to pack up all of our cookies, because he was going to buy them all so that we can get out of the cold weather."

"We were in complete shock at first," she said. "When the initial shock wore off, we started packing up so we could load his car. Our hearts are full, and we are very thankful."

Troop 1574 will undoubtedly put that Girl Scout cookie money to good use! According to the Girl Scouts' website, 100 percent of the net revenue raised through the Girl Scout Cookie Program stays with the local council and troops. According to Dillard, "The girls will have a meeting and decide as a group what they want to do with their money raised." 

They have the choice to use the money earned to fund a project that will improve their community or donate the money to a worthy cause. "It [can go towards] fun activities for them as well," said Dillard.

The man "mentioned that he owned several businesses, and we assume that he was going to give the cookies away at his businesses," said Dillard. "He appears to be a very humble man, and we sincerely thank him from the bottom of our heart for what he did."

This one gentleman got the Girl Scouts out of the cold and gave free Girl Scout cookies to his employees. If that's not the work of an American hero, we don't what is.

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