Monday, December 3, 2012

The Girl Scout Cookie Program Benefits Service Members

Girl Scout Cookies are an icon of American culture. For nearly 100 years, Girl Scouts, with the enthusiastic support of their families and communities, have helped ensure the success of the Girl Scout Cookie Program. When a Girl Scout sells you cookies, she's building a lifetime of skills and confidence. She learns goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—aspects essential to leadership, to success, and to life. Did you know that Girl Scouts across the country give back to service members overseas through the Girl Scout Cookie Program?

Boston's ABC News 5 reports that Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts give back to others during the sale through a program known as Cookies for a Cause. Girls sell boxes of cookies that are set aside to be donated to soldiers overseas or to a local food pantry. This meaningful element of the Girl Scout cookie program helps girls develop business ethics and feel that they are helping others. 

New York's Orchard Park Bee reports that Brownie Troop 909 recently boxed nearly 300 Girl Scout cookies to send to people serving in hospitals in eastern Afghanistan. 

“We’re always grateful that people are thinking of us and wanting to do their share of taking care of the soldiers,” said Dr. Lawrence Bone, a lieutenant colonel in the Reserve Medical Corps and orthopedic surgeon at Erie County Medical Center, who will be returning to Afghanistan in March, “because it’s an indication somebody back home cares, and when you’re over there, it’s very rewarding to know someone back home cares.”

Maryland's Severna Park Patch reports that Oak Hill Girl Scout Troop 1771 has been participating in the Gift of Caring program, which allows Girl Scout cookie customers to buy cookies for someone else, such as a serviceman or servicewoman serving overseas. Donating the cookies to military troops has a special meaning for the Oak Hill Girl Scouts—one girl's father is currently serving in Afghanistan.

The Henry County Times in Georgia reports that last month, World War II veteran Cecil Hand, along with approximately 75 veterans and their spouses, dined on homemade soups and chili for the fourth annual Veteran’s Appreciation Dinner hosted by local Girl Scouts. Girl Scout Troop 474 and Brownie Troop 11306 served dinner for the fourth annual Veterans’ Appreciation Dinner.

Members of the American Legion presented the girls with certificates of appreciation for their service and efforts on behalf of local veterans.

Central Illinois Proud reports that Operation Santa is in full packing mode. Operation Santa is getting ready to send at least 20,000 stockings overseas filled with Girl Scout Cookies, candy, beef jerky, tissues and other items aimed at raising the spirits of service members overseas.

California's Pomerado News reports that Operation Stuff-A-Stocking, founded by Poway resident Sammy Lizarraga, is returning because her older brother, Joey, is once again stationed overseas during Christmas.

His presence in the Middle East not only inspired the project, but without her brother and his C-130 crew flying to Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait, the stockings could not get distributed. The 15-year-old mails them to her brother who leaves the stockings with various American units.

She first organized the project three years ago to earn her Girl Scout Silver Award. That time, her goal was to collect 300 filled stockings, but received 639 due to the efforts of local children, teens and adults who embraced the endeavor.