Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Cookies From New Mexico, Going Overseas

In Farmington, NM, my hometown, thousands of thin mints, caramel delights and other classic cookies are bound for war zones around the world.

The Daily Times reports that San Juan County Girl Scouts participated in a Four Corners fundraiser that has gained considerable momentum in recent years, said Megan Saiz, the membership coordinator for San Juan County Girl Scouts. While selling their cookies, the Girl Scouts offered customers a chance to buy an additional $3.50 box of cookies to be mailed to local soldiers who are serving overseas.

Girl Scout Cookies were sold from January 15 through March 27 this year. In that time, county residents purchased 1,786 boxes for troops overseas, Saiz said. That's $6,251 worth of cookies.

Dozens of local Girl Scouts recently packed their cookies into a gift for a soldier. "People buy cookies to support the Girl Scouts," said Girl Scout Aiyana Austin, a 9-year-old third-grader at Central Primary, "and maybe make a soldier happy because they don't get any Girl Scout Cookies from home."

Do you have a similar program in your Girl Scout Council?