They told them "no thank you" and explained they just wanted to bring some Christmas joy to everyone and was not collecting anything.
One elderly lady pleaded with them to take some candy and after saying no a few times I told them it was OK to accept her offer.
Another house demanded the girl take her money. She said she was a girl scout when she was their age and she remembered how fun it was to get money when they went out caroling. Again, after telling her no it was not what they were doing, and her insisting they accept the money, they took it and agreed to put in the troop funds.
Most people said they were so happy to see the girls carrying on an old tradition that has all but died out. We promised to keep spreading the cheer every year we were together.
I do know that there were lots of smiles that night and our time was over much faster then anyone was ready for it to be.