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Girl Scouts' 'Operation Thin Mint' Supports Operation Enduring Freedom

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 19, 2002 – Operation Enduring Freedom troops who missed this year's Girl Scout cookie sale are about to be deluged by more than 104,000 boxes of Thin Mints or other favorites.

To hoopla and fanfare April 9, hundreds of military personnel and cheering Girl Scouts from San Diego and Imperial counties in California watched the first 36,000 boxes start their voyage to Singapore. Truckers loaded 28 pallets aboard a refrigerated container and carried them off to Long Beach, Calif., to meet an Asia-bound freighter.

The Girl Scouts started Operation Thin Mint as part of their annual sales campaign. They invited cookie buyers to buy extra boxes for the troops. The idea, adult leaders said, was to provide deployed U.S. military troops with "a taste of home, a note to say we care."

The preliminary count -- 104,330 boxes, with a street value of nearly $313,000 -- grows as money continues to come in.

In full cooperation with the Scouts, the Navy set a goal of delivering "one box of Girl Scout cookies to every U.S. service member deployed afloat in support of Operation Enduring Freedom." The Navy intends to give preference to West Coast service members, particularly the San Diego- based USS J.C. Stennis Carrier Battle Group.

The cookies are only half of the Operation Thin Mint mission, the other being "a note to say we care." Along with the cookies, the Scouts and the general public wrote thousands of note cards with messages of gratitude and support.

APL and Mayflower Van and Storage donated shipping and storage services. The Girl Scouts' current plans call for the delivery of two more containers to Bahrain or the United Arab Emirates in the Persian Gulf region.

(From information provided by the San Diego and Imperial Girl Scout Council of California.)

 

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Click photo for screen-resolution imageNavy Capt. Mary Copeland of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego greets a Girl Scout troop that participated in "Operation Thin Mint." The Scouts raised donations during their annual cookie sale to buy cookies for Operation Enduring Freedom troops. Hundreds of Scouts and their military guests gathered in San Diego April 9, 2002, to watch the first 36,000 of 104,330 boxes of Girl Scout cookies ship out for Singapore. Photo courtesy Girl Scout San Diego-Imperial Council.   
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageSteve DeBolt of the Mayflower Van and Storage Co., Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Terry Robling, Navy Capt. Mary Copeland and Jo Dee Jacob, executive director of the Girl Scout San Diego-Imperial Council, prepare to seal the truck container of 36,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies going to Operation Enduring Freedom troops. The council's Scouts raised donations for more than 104,000 boxes. Hundreds of Scouts and their military guests gathered in San Diego April 9, 2002, to watch the first shipment out for Singapore. Photo courtesy Girl Scout San Diego-Imperial Council.   
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageMembers of the Navy Band Southwest Ceremonial Band and Marines mark the sendoff of the first 36,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies of more than 104,000 boxes raised through "Operation Thin Mint," sponsored by the Girl Scouts of the San Diego-Imperial Council in California. Photo courtesy Girl Scout San Diego-Imperial Council.   
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageJo Dee Jacob, executive director of the Girl Scout San Diego-Imperial Council, meets Navy guests at the sendoff ceremony for Girl Scout cookies to Operation Enduring Freedom troops. Through "Operation Thin Mint," the council's Scouts raised donations for more than 104,000 boxes of cookies. The first 36,000 boxes shipped for Singapore April 9, 2002. Photo courtesy Girl Scout San Diego-Imperial Council.   
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageLoaders prepare to transfer the last of 36,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies destined for Operation Enduring Freedom troops. The shipment was the first of three planned by the Girl Scouts of San Diego-Imperial Council, who raised donations for more than 104,000 boxes through "Operation Thin Mint." Hundreds of the Scouts and their military guests gathered in San Diego April 9, 2002, to watch the first shipment depart for Singapore. Photo courtesy Girl Scout San Diego-Imperial Council.   
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageThousands of cookie-selling Girl Scouts in the San Diego-Imperial Council like these invited buyers to join in their "Operation Thin Mint." The girls raised donations for more than 104,000 boxes of cookies destined to be gobbled by Operation Enduring Freedom troops. The council shipped the first 36,000 boxes to Singapore amid military fanfare provided by San Diego-based sailors and Marines. Photo courtesy Girl Scout San Diego-Imperial Council.   
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