In The Spirit Of Giving

Jimmy Fallon Surprises Woman Who Helped Start First Girl Scout Troop For Homeless Girls

"You're a pretty incredible person."

We love tinsel and trappings as much as the next Elf on the Shelf devotees, but here at A Plus, we believe that true wintertime magic comes in the form of connection and human kindness. Over the next month, come back and join us in raising a glass to those who give — because what's December without a little holiday spirit?

Giselle Burgess, a single mother who helped start the first Girl Scout troop in New York City exclusively for homeless girls, sat front row at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this week. At one point during the show, Fallon says he was "in the Christmas spirit," and wanted to give away two Christmas sweaters to unsuspecting audience members.

"Who wants it?" Fallon shouted. The audience cheered. Fallon then walked up to Burgess and gifted her with the second sweater. He then asked her to introduce herself.

"You know what, I have to say something. I know a little bit about you," Fallon said, pointing to Burgess. "You're a pretty incredible person." Fallon then explained that Burgess is a single mother of five and earlier this year, she and her family were homeless.  


"You saw a real need at your shelter for positive leadership for girls," Fallon said, adding that Burgess helped to start Troop 6000 with The Girl Scouts of Greater New York. The city and the troop are working together to potentially help 500 girls in homeless shelters, creating a community within the shelters. 

"Every girl in the five boroughs of New York City deserves a chance to reach her full potential: to have her eyes opened to possibilities for college and careers, to make loving and supportive friends, to learn from caring female mentors, and to chart her own course to achieve her goals," it says on the Girl Scouts of Greater New York's website. "That's what Troop 6000 is all about."

Finally, Fallon surprises Burgess with two checks: one for Burgess for $6,000 in honor of the troop's name, and another for $50,000 to go toward the troop's efforts.

You can watch it all unfold below:


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