WYCKOFF, N.J. – A group of Wyckoff Girl Scouts found a super sweet way to help restore the roughly 50 headstones that were vandalized in a local cemetery in October .
And they did it the best way they knew how – with honey.
With the help of a volunteer beekeeper, the eighth-graders — members of Scout Cadette Troop 70024 – sold honey and donated the proceeds to the Wyckoff Reformed Church.
“It is a terrible thing that happened,” said Tara Sproha, 13, standing with her troop outside of the A&S Italian Food Store at the Cedar Hill Shopping Plaza on Sunday.
The girls were there to sell their bottled honey. And it was going fast.
They arrived at the shopping plaza at about 11:30 a.m., and stocked a table with about 50 bottles of honey.
By noon, there were only about 15 bottles left. Some people even gave them donations, without buying honey, they said.
Nancy Mettera, the president of the cemetery association at the Wyckoff Reformed Church, stopped by to pick up a few bottles herself.
When she learned about the fundraiser, “I was touched beyond compare," she said. "I couldn’t believe it."
Mettera hopes to give the girls a tour of the cemetery to show them the damaged stones, as well as others dating back to the Civil and Revolutionary wars.
Troop leaders Lisa Ambrose and Danyel Competiello were thankful for the scouts' efforts.
“Every little bit helps,” said Ambrose.
“Our Wyckoff bees are now helping a Wyckoff project,” Competiello said.