There is nothing sweeter than the taste of home for U.S. military personnel deployed overseas. As far as the members of Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines are concerned, the concepts of both sweetness and home can best be summarized in three magic words: Girl Scout Cookies.
Donations collected during the 2013 Cookie Sale by Girl Scouts across central and eastern North Carolina through Operation Cookie Drop will help purchase 95,952 boxes of Girl Scout cookies for military troops. The program, now in its ninth year, has shipped more than half of a million boxes overseas.
The donated cookies will be distributed to military personnel serving from: U.S. Marine installations - Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville and Cherry Point in Havelock; U.S. Army base Fort Bragg in Fayetteville; and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro. In addition, the USO at RDU International Airport in Raleigh and NCPacks4Patriots based in Ayden distribute a portion of the donated Girl Scout cookies to the military personnel that they serve.
New for the program this year is “Letters to the Troops.” Almost 400 letters to the troops from girl and adult members were collected through this campaign, which was part of the Council’s 2013 National Girl Scout Week activities. These thank you notes and pictures will be delivered to military personnel with the cookies.
“The pure generosity of our supportive community makes it possible for us to donate so many cookies to our military men and women,” said Lisa Jones, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. “We are very proud of this program and especially proud of all the Girl Scouts who have worked so hard to collect these donations.”
Girl Scout troops who collect donations for Operation Cookie Drop receive proceeds for every box purchased. In addition, Girl Scouts who collect donations for 15 boxes or more receive a special Council-based Operation Cookie Drop patch.
"Each year the 916th Air Refueling Wing looks forward to partnering with the Girl Scouts for this special event," said Maj. Shannon Mann, 916th ARW Public Affairs chief. "Operation Cookie Drop is just one more amazing way that these young ladies, and our communities, show their continued support for our military men and women. We can't thank them enough for including us.”
2013 Operation Cookie Drop – Schedule of Delivery Dates
· Friday, May 3, at 4:00pm at USO of Raleigh Durham International Airport in Raleigh
· Tuesday, May 7, at 11:00am at North Carolina Packs4Patriots in Ayden
· Thursday, May 9, at 2:00pm at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro
· Tuesday, May 14, at 10:00am at U.S. Army Base Fort Bragg in Fayetteville
· TBD à Deliveries for U.S. Marine installations at Cherry Point and Camp Lejeune (expected deliveries in late May 2013)