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Girl Scout cookie sale begins soon

by LISA SHADE Special to the Gazette on December 11, 2013 10:45 AM

Everyone has a favorite Girl Scout cookie, and many look forward to the annual Girl Scout Cookie Program that kicks off Jan. 3.

All eight varieties return for 2014: Samoas, Thin Mints, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs, Thank You Berry Munch, Dulce de Leche and Savannah Smiles.

Girl Scout cookies are among the best-known brands in the world, but few know about the important skills girls learn from the program: goal setting, money management, decision making, people skills and business ethics.

These are skills that girls use throughout their lives to help them excel, exceed and lead. No university has produced as many female business owners as the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

“Cookies open doors for western Pennsylvania girls in so many ways,” said Patricia Burkart, CEO of Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania.

“Not only does the program teach important financial skills, it also funds many life-changing experiences for girls through camps, travel, and programs.”

Often, when cookie buyers are asked why they buy Girl Scout cookies, they say it’s because they want to support girls. Buying cookies not only helps girls do amazing things, but also supports the projects that Girl Scouts tackle to make their community a better place for everyone.

Girl Scouts in Indiana begin taking orders for cookies Jan. 3.

Booth sales offer a second change to stock up on your favorites.

Beginning Feb. 21, Girl Scouts will be selling cookies outside of stores and at local events to help reach their goals for this year’s cookie program.

Customers can visit www.girlscoutcookies.org to find booth sale locations and maps by ZIP code beginning Feb. 21.

They can also use their iPhones or Android smartphones to find the booth sale closest to them. The Cookie LocatorTM app is available in the App Store and Android Market.

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Girl Scouts aim to send thousands of boxes of the brand’s iconic cookies to men and women serving our country overseas in the U.S. military as well as veterans’ groups right here at home.

Customers can help them reach their goal with a donation to Operation: Sweet Appreciation.

Donations will be collected online through Memorial Day, May 26, at www.gswpa.org/ military.

Here are what some of the men and women who received cookies have said:

“I just want to take the opportunity to thank you for the cookies you sent us here in Afghanistan. The cookies are delicious and put a smile on my face; however, it is more important to know that complete strangers are willing to support us just because we are soldiers in the United States Army.”

“I just wanted to say thank you for taking time to send a box filled with delicious Girl Scout Cookies. It was one of the special moments on deployment that brightened our day.”

“I just want to send you a thank you for the Girl Scout cookies! Boy, they are good and well appreciated from everyone here. You ladies are wonderful, and keep us motivated every day, you remind us of who we are fighting for and what makes us proud to be Americans!”

Anyone who donates online to Operation: Sweet Appreciation can choose a specific Girl Scout troop or individually registered girl (also known as Indie Girls) to benefit from the donation, just as they would through the traditional cookie program.

Lisa Shade is the public relations manager for the Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania.

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