America Supports You: Girl Scouts Sell Cookies for Troops
By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, March 7, 2005 New York City-based Girl Scouts are marching across Gotham, selling boxes of their famed cookies earmarked for overseas troops.
A Girl Scout tallies the boxes of cookies sold destined for U.S. troops serving overseas Nov. 11, 2004, at the Girl Scout Council of Greater New Yorks Corporate Cookie Connection. More than 2,800 boxes were sold for U.S. troops during the one-day sale. Photo courtesy of Girl Scout Council of Greater New York
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The cookie-sales initiative, which began Nov. 11, is part of the Girl Scouts' annual "Gift of Caring" community service project, noted Jennifer Rumbach, communications manager for the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York.
"A lot of people in New York City want to be able to give something to the troops and show their support," Rumbach observed. And the scouts, she noted, "thought it would be a great idea to donate Girl Scout cookies to the troops."
The Girl Scouts are working with several organizations, Rumbach said, to arrange cookie delivery to troops overseas.
"We're hoping that most of them will go to Iraq and Kuwait," she noted.
Rumbach estimated that between 10,000-15,000 Girl Scouts are selling cookies to New Yorkers. The scouts, she noted, have so far sold about 10,000 boxes earmarked for U.S. troops. The best-selling Girl Scout cookie, she said, is Thin Mint, followed by Samoa chocolate-cocoanut.
"Our customers have the option of buying these boxes of cookies for the troops instead of themselves," Rumbach pointed out, while the Girl Scouts take care of shipping the cookies overseas.
New Yorkers, Rumbach reported, "are very eager" to purchase Girl Scout cookies for the troops, priced at $3.50 a box.
And, "the girls have just 'gone wild' over this project," Rumbach noted. In fact, one scout canvassing potential customers in Queens, she said, has sold 300 boxes earmarked for troops.
Rumbach said the Girl Scouts had planned to sell 25,000 boxes of cookies for delivery to overseas service members.
But, "now we're hoping to surpass that," she remarked. The New York City Girl Scouts, Rumbach noted, sell almost a million boxes of cookies each year.
Rumbach said the New York-based Girl Scouts are patriotic and want to say "thank you" to U.S. troops. The city, she pointed out, was devastated by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center's Twin Towers.
"I think that's another reason that the girls feel very close to this project," she explained, noting they have first-hand experience why U.S. troops are fighting terrorism overseas.
You don't have to be a native New Yorker to participate in the cookie-sale initiative, Rumbach pointed out. Call (212) 645-4000, extension 263, or access the organization's Web site for more information.