Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines is celebrating 12 amazing years of Operation Cookie Drop, a community service project that delivers a sweet taste of home through donated boxes of Girl Scout Cookies. Over the last 11 years, girls from across central and eastern North Carolina have helped contribute to almost 900,000 boxes of Girl Scouts cookies donated to the military.
However, Operation Cookie Drop represents more than just a sweet treat. The council-wide service project aims to show support, kindness, and hope to those serving our country.
Entering its 12 year as part of the 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Program, running January 14 – March 5, Operation Cookie Drop donations can be made at local Girl Scout cookie booths throughout the program, which ends on Sunday, March 5. Additionally, with 2017 marking the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies, the local council is hoping to collect 100,000 donated boxes of Girl Scout cookies this year alone, reaching a grand total of 1 million boxes donated since the program began in 2006.
Operation Cookie Drop not only has a profound impact on the military men and women receiving the cookies, but also on the girls who raise funds and participate in the delivery of the cookies each spring.
For customers looking to donate to Operation Cookie Drop they can find a cookie booth using the online Cookie Booth Locator, which can be found at www.nccoastalpines.org. Searching by zip code and mile radius, customers can filter to find the closest cookie booth and see available dates and times of when cookies will be sold. Additionally, customers can also make a donation to Operation Cookie Drop online once they place an order through COCOdirect. To learn more about ordering Girl Scouts Cookies online, or to make an Operation Cookie Drop donation directly, contact the council at (800) 284-4475.
Local Girl Scouts will help deliver cookies 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.
Girl Scouts will also help deliver cookies to the USO of North Carolina, Raleigh-Durham International Airport Center in the upcoming spring months. These cookies will be shared with military personnel passing through the airport either traveling to assignments or returning home to their families.