Everything girls do in Girl Scouts is designed to help them become leaders of tomorrow. Honoring leaders of today, like our military personnel, is part of how Girl Scouts can learn about and build their own leadership skills. With these leaders in mind, Girl Scouts collect donations each year when selling Girl Scout Cookies so that they can send a “taste of home” to troops serving miles away from home.
During the 2015 Cookie Sale, Girl Scouts across central and eastern North Carolina collected enough donations to purchase over 78,000 boxes of cookies for Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines’ Operation Cookie Drop program.
“It is wonderful to see how eager our communities are to support our military troops and our local Girl Scouts,” said Lisa Jones, chief executive officer at Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. “We are very proud to celebrate the tenth anniversary of this council-wide service project and especially proud of all the Girl Scouts who helped make this year’s drop a success.”
These cookies will be delivered to military personnel deployed from U.S. Marine installation Cherry Point in Havelock, U.S. Army base Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro. NCPacks4Patriots and the USO of NC centers in Jacksonville and RDU International Airport will also distribute a portion of the donated Girl Scout cookies to the military personnel that they serve.
Over 500 letters to the troops from girl and adult members were collected through “Letters to the Troops,” which was part of the Council’s 2015 National Girl Scout Week activities. These thank you notes and pictures will be delivered to military personnel with the cookies.
In its tenth year, Operation Cookie Drop has shipped nearly 700,000 boxes of cookies to military troops. To view a video of military personnel speaking about the annual donation program, visit Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines’ Operation Cookie Drop webpage.