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.
“It is always wonderful to see how eager our communities are to support our military troops and Girl Scouts,” said Lisa Jones, chief executive officer. “We are very proud of this program and especially proud of all the Girl Scouts who have worked so hard to collect donations over the last ten years.”
Since 2006, Operation Cookie Drop has made it possible to ship nearly 680,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to deployed military service personnel. During the 2014 Cookie Sale program, Girl Scouts across central and eastern N.C. collected enough donations for the program to purchase over 60,000 boxes of cookies for the troops.
“I’ve got four deployments down range coming. It’s great when you’re deployed and all of the sudden you get Girl Scout cookies. It shows us that we’re supported back home. They’re showing how much they care about us. There’s nothing better than getting a couple of Girl Scout cookies after a mission,” shared S. SGT. Boros of the 18th Airborne Corps HHB who assisted with the 2014 delivery at Fort Bragg U.S. Army Base in Fayetteville, N.C.
Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines is hoping to collect enough donations to send 100,000 boxes of cookies to men and women deployed from home during the 2015 sale which kicked off on January 17. Girl Scouts will be selling cookies across central and eastern North Carolina through Sunday, March 1, 2015.
In May, the donated Girl Scout Cookies will be delivered and distributed to military personnel through the following drop sites: Packs4Patriots organization in Ayden, N.C.; the USO at RDU International Airport in Raleigh, N.C.; the USO in Jacksonville, N.C.; U.S. Marine installations Cherry Point Air Station in Havelock, N.C.; U.S. Army base Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C.; and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, N.C.